Russian President Vladimir Putin Addresses Concert Hall Attack: Assailants Were ‘Radical Islamists’, Says Putin

Putin attributes Moscow attack to radical Islamists and questions motives.

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the media in a press conference regarding the recent attack on a concert hall outside of Moscow. According to Putin, the attack was carried out by radical Islamists and resulted in at least 139 deaths. Despite this acknowledgment, Putin emphasized the need for an investigation to determine who might benefit from such an event.

Putin suggested that Ukrainian authorities may be involved in the attack and called for a thorough investigation into the incident. He linked the attack to previous confrontations with Russia by the neo-Nazi regime in Kyiv since 2014. Putin expressed concern over the possibility of the attack being intended to spread chaos in the country but noted that the Russian people have shown unity and determination to combat such acts of terrorism.

The Russian Investigative Committee reported that four attackers arrived at the concert hall armed with AK-47 assault rifles and ammunition. The suspects were found with materials to set fire to the venue, suggesting a premeditated plan of attack. Over 200 searches and seizures have been conducted in connection with the case, with several individuals arrested for their involvement in the attack.

Those arrested have confessed to their roles in the attack, with some being sentenced to provisional arrest for terrorism. Among the suspects are brothers and a father who allegedly provided support to

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