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Four charged following concert hall attack in Moscow

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A Russian court has charged four men linked to Friday’s (March 22) attack on a concert hall in Moscow, which has left at least 137 people dead. 

According to reports, the Islamic State group – also known as IS – admitted to carrying out the attack on Crocus City Hall, where roughly 6,000 people were attending a rock concert.

Four gunmen started firing on some of the crowd, before setting fires that eventually led to the venue’s roof collapsing. Russian authorities have also said that more than 150 guests were injured, on top of the current death toll.

The BBC verified a video released by IS that showed attackers firing on the crowd inside the concert hall.

Reports have added that seven others have been arrested, suspected of aiding the attack.

The court released images and videos of the four main suspects, identified as Saidakrami Murodali Rachabalizoda, Dalerdzhon Barotovich Mirzoyev, Shamsidin Fariduni and Muhammadsobir Fayzov.

Russia’s TASS state news agency said that the men were also identified as citizens of Tajikistan, and were facing charges of a “terror attack committed by a group of individuals resulting in a person’s death”.

All four pleaded guilty.