The objective of releasing live footage of the carnage and mass murder is to recruit Muslims to jihad. Think about that.

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Violence in a Moscow suburb, claimed by Islamic State, adds to Russia’s domestic security challenges

By Thomas Grove and Ann M. Simmons, Wall Street Journal, March 23, 2024:

Russian authorities said they had detained 11 people in connection with a terrorist attack on a concert hall in a Moscow suburb, as the death toll from Friday night’s violence rose to 133, according to investigators.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday vowed to punish those responsible for what he called “a premeditated mass killing of unarmed people.”

Among those taken into custody were four people who prosecutors said played a direct role in the attack, in which gunmen shot audience members at close range and set off smoke bombs.

Islamist extremist group Islamic State claimed responsibility for the assault, saying it had struck “a strong blow” in its campaign against “countries fighting Islam.”

U.S. officials—who said they warned Russia earlier this month of intelligence indicating an impending terrorist threat—said they believe a branch of Islamic State based in Afghanistan, known as ISIS-K, was behind the attack.

Moscow, which was publicly dismissive of Washington’s concerns, is now confronting a potentially serious new threat as the Kremlin fights a costly war of attrition against Ukraine, which Russia invaded in 2022.

On Saturday, Putin sought to connect the perpetrators of the concert-hall attack to Kyiv, saying some had been apprehended while attempting to escape to Ukraine. He offered no evidence to back his assertions.
A makeshift memorial outside the concert hall. Photo: Vyacheslav Prokofyev/Zuma Press

“According to preliminary information, an opening had been prepared for them from the Ukrainian side,” he said.

Ukraine has denied any involvement in the attack. An adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned the attack could be used as a pretext by Moscow to mobilize more troops and scale up Russia’s war effort.

ISIS-K, made up in part by citizens of Central Asian countries that once belonged to the Soviet Union, has long had Moscow in its crosshairs. In September 2022, the group claimed responsibility for a blast at the Russian Embassy in Kabul that killed six people.

European security officials say that for almost two years Europe has been facing a growing threat from ISIS-K, and U.S. intelligence officials have been warning since 2022 of the group’s plans for suicide attacks and other acts of terrorism, including in Russia.

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