Russian President Wladimir Putin Attributes Moscow Concert Hall Attack to Radical Islamists in Broader Ukraine Conflict

Putin Blames Ukraine and “Radical Islamists”

Russian President Wladimir Putin has attributed the attack on a concert hall near Moscow to “radical Islamists.” During a televised meeting on Monday, Putin stated that the crime was committed by individuals who have been at odds with Russia due to the conflict with Ukraine since 2014. However, he also mentioned that the shooting could be part of a broader intimidation campaign in Ukraine.

Several days after the terrorist attack near Moscow, which resulted in at least 137 casualties, the focus shifted to four suspects who are now in custody. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov initially avoided commenting on the serious injuries sustained by the men, which appeared to be a result of torture by Russian security forces. The Russian judiciary ordered pre-trial detention for three more individuals involved in the attack, bringing the total number of terror suspects in custody to seven.

On Monday, Russia’s Basmanny District Court made the decision to detain an additional seven suspects accused of involvement in the attack. Out of eleven suspects arrested after the incident, four main perpetrators appeared before a judge on Sunday evening. Despite Islamic State claiming responsibility for

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