Another suspect arrested over Moscow attack


A Russian court on Friday ordered that another suspect be charged with terrorism, following the deadly attack on a concert hall in Moscow. This brings the number of suspects detained in the run-up to the court case to 12.

This includes four men who appeared in court last weekend on charges of terrorism. They are accused of shooting dead dozens of concertgoers and then setting the Crocus City concert hall on fire. A total of 144 people have now been killed in the attack, described as the deadliest in decades in Russia.

The Basmanny District Court ordered on Friday that Nazrimad Lutfulloi, a resident of Tajikistan in central Asia, also be detained until the hearing on 22 May. He will now be detained along with eight other people. It is not yet clear what will become of the other three. Two of the suspects have already pleaded guilty.

All 12 suspects face life imprisonment, should they be found guilty.

RNews earlier reported that four attackers dressed in camouflage entered the Crocus City concert hall in Moscow’s northern Krasnogorsk neighborhood on Friday night, opened fire and then threw firebombs.

The Islamic State (IS) has since claimed responsibility for the attack on several occasions, but Pres. Vladimir Putin claims that Ukraine and the West had something to do with the attack.

Russia’s investigative committee has already let it be known that they have evidence that “Ukrainian citizens” are behind the attack and that the shooters were financed with cryptocurrencies from Ukraine.

The committee said on Friday that the attackers received orders via the Telegram app, after which they planned to escape to Ukraine to claim a reward for the attack there.

Ukraine and the West have now repeatedly denied these allegations and say that Russia only wants to exploit the tragedy for its own gain.