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Russian authorities progress in Moscow concert hall attack probe

One of the terrorists, Rachabalizoda Saidakrami, during the site visit at Crocus City Hall.
One of the terrorists, Rachabalizoda Saidakrami, during the site visit at Crocus City Hall.
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3:59 PM EDT, March 29, 2024

Following the apprehension of terrorists responsible for an attack at a concert hall near Moscow on March 22, Russian authorities are advancing their investigation. According to the Nexta agency, one of the attackers was brought to Crocus City Hall for a procedural experiment. This individual, a citizen of Tajikistan, explained to investigators how the assailants were able to gain entry to the venue.

In the devastating attack in Krasnogorsk, a suburb of Moscow, over 140 people lost their lives, with an additional 360 sustaining injuries. Several citizens of Tajikistan have been arrested by Russian authorities, suspected of orchestrating this massacre.

As the investigation and evidence collection process unfolds, the fate of the attackers appears increasingly clear.

Rachabalizoda Saidakrami is believed to be among the four attackers who opened fire in the Crocus, notably the one whose ear was severed during his arrest.

The video released by the Nexta agency captures the suspect at the entrance of the concert hall where the assault occurred. The man responds to questions from the investigators, who diligently record his explanations.

Known as the earless terrorist, Rachabalizoda Saidakrami was brought to the Crocus's main entrance for a forensic experiment. He demonstrated how they exited the vehicle and commenced firing on the concertgoers of the Piknik band, as reported on the X platform.

A group of officers closely monitors the man. After a brief dialogue, they proceed to the crime scene.

Surrounded by a special forces unit and handcuffed between two policemen, the suspect's security is described by the Nexta agency in a post.

The recording also reveals that at least two officers are equipped with cameras, documenting everything the alleged terrorist illustrates and describes. This inspection aims to understand the attack from the terrorist's perspective thoroughly.

This procedure likely aims to scrutinize the event's particulars, either to corroborate or challenge the suspect's account. Measurements of distances and timings are common in such scenarios — all of which may serve as evidence during the trial.

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