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France condemns 'heinous' gun attack on Moscow concert hall

France joined other Western countries in condemning a gun attack on a concert hall in the Russian capital on Friday night, which killed more than 130 people and injured many more. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility.

French President Emmanuel Macron "strongly condemns the terrorist attack" on Moscow's Crocus City Hall, said a statement from the presidential palace.

"France expresses its solidarity with the victims, their loved ones and all the Russian people."

At least 133 people were killed in the attack, according to Russian authorities' latest count on Saturday.

Hundreds of fans were at the hall in a northern suburb of Moscow for a rock concert when, minutes before the music was due to start, armed attackers opened fire.

They also set the hall alight, starting a blaze that spread throughout the building.

Panicked spectators rushed for the exits, with some escaping into the basement or onto the roof.

"The images from Moscow tonight are horrifying," France's foreign ministry wrote in a social media post as the attack unfolded.

"All effort has to be made to determine the causes of these heinous acts."

Eleven arrested

A statement released by the Islamic State group claimed responsibility, but Russia did not immediately identify who it believes is to blame.

The Kremlin said on Saturday that it had arrested 11 people over the attack, including four suspected gunmen.


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