Russia responds to claims Islamic State was behind Moscow terror attack — RT Russia & Former Soviet Union

Russia responds to claims Islamic State was behind Moscow terror attack — RT Russia & Former Soviet Union

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Suspects in the Crocus City Hall shooting were fleeing towards Ukraine, Ambassador Anatoly Antonov noted

Western attempts to propagate the narrative that the Crocus City concert hall shooting was staged by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorists without waiting for the end of the investigation look extremely suspicious, Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov has said.

On Friday, at least four gunmen attacked the venue, located outside Moscow, ahead of a performance by the iconic Russian rock band Picnic, indiscriminately shooting civilians and setting the venue on fire. It was the worst act of terrorism on Russian soil since the early 2000s, leaving 139 people dead and more than 180 injured.

In the aftermath of the shooting, Russian security services detained four alleged perpetrators who had fled the scene, identified as ethnic Tajiks, in Bryansk Region not far from the Ukrainian border. Russian President Vladimir Putin described the suspects as “radical Islamists,” saying they were caught fleeing “towards Ukraine where, according to preliminary data, a window to cross the border was prepared.”

Meanwhile, the US, along with many of its allies, has insisted that IS was to blame for the shooting, saying there was no indication that Kiev had anything to do with it. This comes as Western countries are providing massive military support to Ukraine in its conflict with Russia.

Commenting on the stance of Western countries on the Crocus City Hall shooting on Tuesday, Antonov remarked that “one thing is alarming: they are trying to determine in advance that IS was responsible for the tragedy in our country.”

“A simple question that any person, any Russian citizen could ask: why did these people, these bandits, attempt to escape from Moscow towards the Ukrainian border?” the envoy wondered.

According to Antonov, this detail suggests “the regime of [Ukrainian President Vladimir] Zelensky has become terrorist if it welcomes these terrorists.” He added that this fact alone “requires special attention and investigation.”

He added that he and other Russian diplomats were confident that Moscow’s law enforcement agencies would conduct an investigation and reveal “who was behind those killers that inflicted a very serious wound on us,” adding “we are firmly convinced that all these degenerates should be punished.”

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