Concert Hall Partially Collapses After Terrorist Attack Leaves At Least 133 Dead, 140 Wounded: REPORT


Hailey Gomez General Assignment Reporter
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A concert hall roof in Moscow, Russia, partially collapsed Friday after a terrorist attack left at least 133 people dead and more than 140 injured, BBC confirmed.

Video footage posted to Twitter circulated images of Crocus City Hall engulfed in flames after several gunmen were seen entering the building and opening fire. While it is reported that a number of children and teens were using the building for a ballroom dancing competition, people were additionally gathering in the space for a rock concert, according to BBC.

In horrifying video clips, the men could be seen dressed in camouflage and opening fire on people within what appears to be the main entrance to the hall. The men continued to fire at citizens while people could be heard screaming and running for cover. (RELATED: Gunmen Open Fire At Moscow Concert Hall, Killing Dozens: REPORTS)

Additional clips showed brief images of people lying dead on the floor after being hit, as well as some ducking for cover as the gunmen could be seen continuing to open fire in the aisles of the concert hall. As Russian authorities had rushed to aid residents, they were reportedly able to evacuate 100 people who had been hiding in the basement, according to BBC.

Footage captured the moment people could be seen running across a bridge from the concert hall to safety as people watched nearby.

While Russian authorities have yet to confirm who is behind the attack, ISIS-K has reportedly claimed responsibility, according to online reports. U.S. intelligence had allegedly been warning Russia of “fairly specific” reports since November 2023 that ISIS-K had wanted to carry out an attack against Russia, however, it is unclear if Russia acted upon any of the warnings prior to the incident, according to Faytuks News.

Allegedly after the initial attack, several explosions had been heard before the hall was seen engulfed in flames, causing the roof near the theatre to collapse, according to BBC. The Russian National Guard is reportedly looking for the attackers who have yet to be identified, the outlet reported.

Since the time of publication, multiple reports have confirmed that the death toll has jumped up to 133 people with over 140 injured now.

President Vladimir Putin said in a speech Saturday that 11 people have been detained in connection with the attack, and were captured while attempting to flee to Ukraine, according to the AP. Ukrainian authorities have reportedly denied any involvement, while U.S. intelligence has confirmed to Russia that ISIS is in fact responsible for the attack, the AP reported.

The White House has additionally weighed in on the incident, confirming that it had previously warned Russian authorities in early March about a possible terrorist attack on “large gatherings” within Moscow, according to National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson.

“Earlier this month, the US government had information about a planned terrorist attack in Moscow – potentially targeting large gatherings, to include concerts,” Watson told BBC.

This is a developing story and will continue to be updated.