FSB alleges Ukraine connection in Moscow mass shooting following arrest of 11 suspects

Head of FSB Aleksandr Bortnikov
Head of FSB Aleksandr Bortnikov

The director of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), Alexander Bortnikov, claimed that the FSB has arrested 11 suspects in the recent mass shooting in Moscow, the Kremlin's press service said on March 23.

"Further work is underway to identify the auxiliary base," the statement reads.

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The Russian Telegram news channel Baza named four people allegedly involved in the shootings, all of whom they claim are citizens of Tajikistan. Two suspects were allegedly detained in Bryansk Oblast.

The FSB reportedly “discovered” a "Ukrainian trace" in the shooting, and said that the suspects "had contacts on the Ukrainian side" and were allegedly going to cross the border to Ukraine.

Mass shooting in Moscow on March 22

On the evening of March 22, several people in camouflage opened fire with assault rifles at people who came to a concert of the band Picnic at the Crocus City Hall concert hall in Krasnogorsk, Moscow Oblast. According to eyewitnesses, the gunmen also set fire to the building, causing it to partially burn down.

All tickets to the concert were sold out, and according to media reports, up to 7,200 people could have been in the building. As of the morning of March 23, 93 people were reported dead and more than 120 injured.

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Ukraine's Foreign Ministry has categorically rejected accusations by Russian officials of Ukraine's alleged involvement in the Crocus City Hall shooting.

Ukrainian presidential advisor Mykhailo Podolyak stressed that Ukraine had nothing to do with the incident.

Russian media reported earlier that the Islamic Fundamentalist militia ISIS had claimed responsibility for the shooting.

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