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Moscow terrorist attack was a false flag operation

Moscow, Mar 25 (Prensa Latina) The terrorist attack at the Crocus City Hall concert hall, on the outskirts of Moscow, is a false flag operation, said the editor-in-chief of the Rossiya Segodnya media group, Margarita Simonian.

“It is evident that a monstrous, brutal, false flag operation was conceived. To carry it out, people who could present themselves as belonging to the Islamic State, a group banned in Russia as a terrorist one, were deliberately selected,” Simonian stated this Monday on the Rossiya 1 television channel.

In her opinion, ISIS was chosen because “it had carried out numerous terrorist attacks throughout the world” and “it is not related to Ukraine, who would not be a suspect.” For Simonian, “there is no doubt” that the Ukrainians and their Western “handlers” are behind the terrorist attack on the Crocus City Hall.

On March 22nd, a group of armed men dressed in camouflage clothing, broke into the concert hall, located in the city of Krasnogorsk, on the northwestern outskirts of Moscow, just a few minutes before the Russian rock band Picnic began its performance, and started shooting at the attendees. This was followed by a fire, which according to the Ministry of Emergencies, affected an area of almost 13 thousand square meters, leaving 137 dead and 180 injured according to the latest official data.

So far, 11 people involved in the attack have been arrested, including the four attackers who opened fire on the people.

According to the Federal Security Service, after the attack the terrorists planned to cross the Russian-Ukrainian border and had appropriate contacts on the other side. However, Kiev flatly denied its involvement in the attack.

The Russian Justice ordered the four people guilty of the attack, all of them Tajik nationals, to be placed under arrest until May 22nd. The accused have already admitted their guilt.

Russian President Vladimir Putin declared national mourning on Sunday for the victims of the attack, the bloodiest in two decades in Russia. In addition, all mass and entertainment events scheduled for the coming days were canceled.

Many world leaders stood in solidarity with the Russian people and condemned the attack in the strongest terms.