Namibia condemns terror attack in Russia

President Nangolo Mbumba has condemned what is described as the worst terror attack in Russia in years, after gunmen opened fire and detonated explosives at a music venue near Moscow, killing at least 133 people and wounding more than 100.

Mbumba said the attack, for which the organisation Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility, displays complete disregard for human life.

“I am saddened by the callous terrorist attack on innocent civilians near Moscow […]. I join the international community in condemnation of this heinous act, which demonstrates complete disregard for human life,” Mbumba said in a statement.

The terrorist attack took place during a concert of the Russian rock group Piknik at the 6 200-seat Crocus City Hall in Krasnogorsk, near Moscow, on Friday evening.

“On behalf of the people and government of the Republic of Namibia, I extend condolences to president Vladimir Putin, the bereaved families and the fraternal people of Russia,” Mbumba said.

According to Russia’s interior ministry, 11 people – including four alleged gunmen – have been arrested in connection with the attack.
Mbumba has also written directly to Putin to offer his sympathies.

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