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PHL strongly condemns Russia concert venue attack

The picture shows the burning Crocus City Hall concert hall following the shooting incident in Krasnogorsk, near Moscow, on March 22, 2024. Gunmen opened fire at the concert hall, leaving over 100 dead and several wounded before a major fire spread through the building, Moscow’s mayor and Russian news agencies reported. (Photo by Sergei Vedyashkin / Moskva News Agency / AFP/

(Eagle News)–The Philippines has strongly condemned the attack in a concert hall near Moscow on March 22 which left over 100 people dead and several injured.

In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs called the incident at the popular Crocus City Hall a “heinous attack” that resulted in “the loss of innocent lives, caused injuries to several people, and significantly damaged properties.”

“We extend our deepest condolences to the bereaved families and wish the injured people speedy recovery,” the DFA said.

It also confirmed the Department of Migrant Workers’ statement that no Filipinos were affected in the attack, adding that it has advised the Filipino community in Moscow to take the necessary precautions.

At least 130, including children, were reported dead by Russian authorities after at least five camouflage-clad men barged inside the Crocus City Hall and fired automatic weapons at concertgoers.

Soviet-era rock group “Picnic” was about to perform to a full house when the attack was carried out.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility.

Russian authorities have said they arrested 11 people–including four gunmen—over the attack.

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