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Vice President Kamala Harris has rejected Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attempt to blame Ukraine for the attack at a Moscow concert hall that killed over 130 people, stating that ISIS was responsible. Russia observed a day of national mourning following the attack, and the death toll is expected to rise. Harris emphasized that there is no evidence linking Ukraine to the attack, and that ISIS is believed to be responsible. Putin referred to the attack as a “bloody, barbaric terrorist act” and claimed that Russian authorities had captured four suspects attempting to escape to Ukraine.

Russian media broadcasted videos of the suspects being detained and interrogated, with one suspect claiming he was approached by an assistant to an Islamic preacher via a messaging app and paid to take part in the attack. Kyiv denied any involvement, and the Islamic State group’s Afghanistan affiliate claimed responsibility for the attack. Despite this, Putin did not mention ISIS in his address to the nation, leading to accusations from Kyiv that he was falsely linking Ukraine to the assault to bolster support for Russia’s fight in Ukraine. U.S. intelligence officials confirmed the ISIS affiliate’s claim of responsibility.

Two weeks prior to the attack on the concert hall, the U.S. embassy issued a warning to Americans to avoid large gatherings, including concerts, due to “imminent plans” for an attack by extremists. The alert advised U.S. citizens to avoid large gatherings in Moscow for the following 48 hours. The warning proved prophetic as the attack on the concert hall occurred during this timeframe. The National Security Council spokeswoman emphasized that ISIS was solely responsible for the attack, and that there was no involvement from Ukraine. The U.S. embassy’s warning highlights the ongoing threat of extremist attacks in the region.

The attack at the Moscow concert hall left over 130 people dead and sparked a national day of mourning in Russia. The situation was further complicated by Putin’s attempt to link Ukraine to the attack, despite no evidence supporting this claim. The capture of four suspects attempting to flee to Ukraine raised questions about the motives behind the attack, with indications that ISIS was behind the assault. The denial of Ukrainian involvement and the confirmation of ISIS responsibility by U.S. intelligence officials underscore the complexity of the situation and the need for accurate information in the aftermath of such attacks.

The involvement of ISIS in the Moscow concert hall attack highlights the ongoing threat posed by extremist groups in the region. The claim of responsibility by the Islamic State group’s Afghanistan affiliate adds another layer to the investigation, with questions raised about the motives and coordination behind the attack. The warnings issued by the U.S. embassy prior to the attack point to the importance of vigilance and caution in the face of potential threats. The response from U.S. officials, including Vice President Harris, emphasizes the need for a clear understanding of the facts and a commitment to holding those responsible for the attack accountable.

As the investigation into the attack at the Moscow concert hall continues, the focus remains on identifying the perpetrators and preventing future incidents. The denial of Ukrainian involvement and the confirmation of ISIS responsibility provide a clearer picture of the events leading up to the attack. The warning issued by the U.S. embassy highlights the ongoing threat of extremist attacks and the need for continued vigilance in the region. The response from U.S. officials underscores the importance of accurate information and international cooperation in addressing terrorism and preventing further tragedies like the attack at the Moscow concert hall.

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