NewsSerbia escalates security in response to deadly attack in Russia

Serbia escalates security in response to deadly attack in Russia

Firefighters search through the rubble of the collapsed Crocus hall/ Illustrative photo
Firefighters search through the rubble of the collapsed Crocus hall/ Illustrative photo
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3:08 PM EDT, March 23, 2024

President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, has called a meeting of the National Security Council for Saturday in response to Friday's terrorist attack in Russia. According to N1 television, Serbian intelligence will start beefing up security at stadiums and shopping centers nationwide. The death toll from the attack has surpassed one hundred, with more than a hundred also injured.

President Vučić noted that the terrorist attack near Moscow is not the sole reason for calling the Council. "We have several reasons, and this incident is the direct catalyst," he acknowledged.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack but has yet to provide any proof to back up its claim.

"I wish to express my deepest condolences to the people and leaders of the Russian Federation," Vučić said, expressing hope that those responsible for such a heinous act will be brought to justice, whether through arrest or other means, in a statement to Prva television.

Serbia to adopt preventive measures

Vučić underscored the importance of taking preventive measures, including enhancing security at stadiums and shopping malls with the help of Serbian security operatives. "We must give special attention to places where large crowds assemble and do all within our power to safeguard our citizens," Vučić explained.

He also mentioned that the attack might escalate the conflict in Ukraine, edging us nearer to a global confrontation.

Following the attack at Crocus City Hall in Krasnogorsk, near Moscow, Russian authorities have reported over 100 fatalities.
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