Sat. Jul 13th, 2024

Russian President Vladimir Putin declared national mourning on Sunday for the victims of the terrorist attack, stressing that all those involved will receive inevitable punishment.

Putin said in a televised speech on Saturday that all four direct perpetrators of the terrorist attack were found and arrested, adding that they tried to hide heading towards Ukraine, where preliminary data indicate that an outlet has been prepared for them from the Ukrainian side to cross the state border.

A total of 11 people have been arrested, the Russian president said, adding that the security services are now working to identify and uncover the base of accomplices with terrorists, from those who provided them with transportation, prepared escape routes from the crime scene, equipped shelters and caches of weapons and ammunition.

Putin stressed that all the perpetrators, organizers and masterminds of this crime will receive just and inevitable punishment and said: “We will identify and punish everyone behind the terrorists, who prepared this brutal act, this attack on Russia and our people.”

The Russian president stressed that “terrorists and murderers, who have no nationality and cannot be, face one unenviable fate: retribution and forgetfulness. They have no future.”

Putin expressed gratitude to the ambulance crews, firefighters and rescue workers who did their best to save lives.

In his speech, Putin offered his sincere condolences to the families of the victims of the “Crocus” attack, said that the whole country and the whole people share their tragedy, and promised to provide all the required support to the affected families.

On Friday evening, a number of gunmen stormed the “Crocus” shopping center and shot at the public at close range and threw firebombs, causing a huge fire in the building.

The Russian Investigative Committee reported that 133 people, including children and women, were killed in an inconclusive toll, with more than 100 wounded receiving treatment in hospitals, some of them in critical condition.

 

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