On 22 March 2024, camouflaged gunmen stormed into Crocus City Hall Moscow, opened fire on concert-goers and set the building ablaze, killing at least 139 people.

๐ˆ๐’ ๐œ๐ฅ๐š๐ข๐ฆ๐ฌ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฉ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐›๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ:

Theย Islamic State in Khorasan Provinceย (ISIS-K), has claimed responsibility via its Amaq news agency. The existence of a highly graphic video filmed by attackers, their use of slogans in the video, and its distribution via official IS media channels are consistent with the groupโ€™s modus operandi, points BBC.

๐”๐’ ๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ง๐ฌ, ๐‘๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐š ๐›๐ฅ๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ, ๐”๐ค๐ซ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐๐ž๐ง๐ข๐ž๐ฌ

Two weeks before the event, the US Intel Agencies had reportedly warned Russia about possible terrorist attacks in public places.

Russian authorities said suspects directly involved in the attack were arrested near the border of Ukraine. It may suit them to put the blame on Ukraine to divert attention away from the security failure as well as to shore up their mobilisation and war efforts. Some deepfakes pointing to possible Ukrainian involvement have been doing rounds.

President Putin now admits โ€œradical Islamistsโ€ were behind the attack, but suggests that it is only Ukraine which would benefit from such โ€œscare tacticsโ€. He also referred to the US pushing the narrative that Ukraine had no hand in the attack.

Kyiv has denied any link to last weekโ€™s terror attack and accused Putin of using it to justify further aggression on Ukraine.

๐–๐ก๐ฒ ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ˆ๐’๐ˆ๐’-๐Š ๐ก๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐‘๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐š?

Russia has been high on the agenda of jihadi outfits since anti-Soviet struggle in Afghanistan in 1980s and the Chechen civil war. Russia supported Assad Regime to brutally suppress IS in Syria.

ISIS-K claims Russian government supports Taliban, a group it opposes. IS has targeted Russia in 2015 and 2018. In Sep 2022. ISIS claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on the Russian Embassy in Kabul. It attacked Kabul Airport during US evacuations.

ISIS-Kย has been expanding its footprint beyond Af-Pak. It carried out a brutal attack at the beginning of this year at Qasim Soleimaniโ€™s memorial in Iran. Terror plots linked to the group have been unearthed in Europe, as per CNN.

US Intel agencies have reportedly been tracking IS and other terrorist outfits.

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