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Mass Shooting And Explosion Reported At Concert Hall Near Moscow

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Footage emerging from Crocus City Hall shows the landmark venue on fire and numerous dead bodies at the scene

A renowned Moscow region concert venue and shopping centre is on fire on Friday evening, following reports of a mass shooting incident.

At least three gunmen, wearing combat fatiques, burst into Crocus City hall and fired automatic weapons, injuring dozens of patrons and killing a significant number of them, according to Russian media.

Press outlets report the use of explosives and video shows black smoke rising above the building. State news wire service TASS suggests up to a third of the huge complex has been engulfed in flames.

The agency has added that special forces soldiers from the Russian Guard have arrived at the location. Meanwhille, there are unconfirmed claims that helicopters have been sent to extinguish the blaze.

“We were sitting in the center of the hall. The concert began, just a couple of minutes passed, one or two grenades exploded in the middle, gray smoke started pouring out. Panic began,” an eyewitness told RIA Novosti.

Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin has ordered city services to provide all necessary assistance to everyone who has been injured. He expressed condolences to the relatives of those killed.

Crocus City Hall is located in Moscow Region, right outside the administrative boundary of the Russian capital. The complex includes a concert hall, an aquarium, and a wedding venue along with many shops and restaurants.

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