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Moscow shooting: 40 dead, over 100 injured after gunmen open fire at concert hall

Video footage published on Russian social media channels showed a large crowd of concert goers attempting to flee the hall.

Edited By: Hritika Mitra @MitraHritika New Delhi Updated on: March 23, 2024 3:35 IST
Smoke rises above the Crocus City Hall concert venue
Image Source : REUTERS Smoke rises above the Crocus City Hall concert venue following a reported shooting incident on the outskirts of Moscow.

Atleast 40 people are reportedly dead and over 100 injured after three gunmen opened fire and detonated explosives at a concert hall near Moscow on Friday, informed news agency Reuters quoting Russian media. 

Video footage published on Russian social media channels showed a large crowd of concert goers attempting to flee the hall. Numerous loud gunshots could be heard. Other video footage showed people who appeared to be dead lying in pools of blood outside the hall.

Russian media reports said that authorities are investigating the shooting incident as a terrorist attack. 

Some people had definitely been wounded in the attack amid unconfirmed reports that a number of people had also been shot dead. "Police were working at the scene," said RIA, Russia's state RIA news agency.

The TASS state news agency reported a blast and a fire in the building where the shooting took place. The Kommersant newspaper posted footage shot outside showing large clouds of smoke billowing from what it said was the concert venue building.

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