Islamic State claims responsibility for attack on Moscow concert hall

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The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack on the Moscow concert hall Friday that left at least 40 people killed and over 100 civilians injured. 

The group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement Friday evening. shared by SITE, an intelligence group. 

Russia’s Health Ministry released a list of 145 people injured, The Associated Press reported earlier Friday.

The U.S. collected intelligence that Islamic State-Khorasan, also known as ISIS-K, a branch based in Afghanistan has been planning an attack on Russia’s capital city, Moscow, according to The New York Times, citing one U.S. official. 

Video footage from the Crocus City Hall music venue showed at least three gunmen shooting at people with automatic weapons. They also unleashed explosives during the attack. 

White House spokesperson John Kirby said the footage is “hard to watch,” but added there was no evidence of Ukraine being involved in the attack.  

“The images are just horrible. Just hard to watch, and our thoughts obviously are going to be with the victims of this terrible, terrible shooting attack,” Kirby said Friday. “No indication at this time that Ukraine or Ukrainians were involved in the shooting.”

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