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Moscow concert hall attack: What we know so far

The suburban Moscow concert hall where gunmen opened fire on concertgoers was a smoldering ruin on Saturday as the death toll in the attack surpassed 130 and Russia's President Vladimir Putin claimed the four assailants were captured while fleeing to Ukraine. Kyiv strongly denied any involvement in Friday's assault, for which the Islamic State (IS) group's Afghan affiliate has claimed responsibility.

Here is what we know about the attack on the Crocus City Hall in Krasnogorsk ahead of a concert by the Piknik rock band:

The attack

The four assailants, armed with Kalashnikov automatic weapons, arrived at the Crocus City Hall at around 7:40 pm local time in a minivan.

The men walked calmly towards the metal detectors, firing their automatic weapons point-blank in short bursts at terrified civilians who fell screaming in a hail of bullets.

Verified video showed people rushing for the exits as repeated gunfire echoed above screams. The attackers walked through the concert hall aiming and then firing at civilians with controlled bursts.

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Russian investigators said the men began to set fire to the building. Some witnesses said they poured some sort of liquid on seating and curtains in several places before igniting it.

The Emergency Situations Ministry said that fire services helped about 100 people escape through the basement of the concert hall.


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