Investigators reconstruct Crocus City Hall terror attack timeline

Investigators reconstruct Crocus City Hall terror attack timeline
# 26 March 2024 03:14 (UTC +04:00)

More than 130 people who were injured in the terror attack on Moscow’s Crocus City Hall have been interviewed by investigators, head of Russia’s Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin said, APA reports citing TASS.

"As many as 160 forensic and genetic examinations have been commissioned and are being held to identify those dead and the causes of death. As total of 131 people who were hurt in the terror attack and more than 500 witnesses have been interviewed," he said at a meeting chaired by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

According to Bastrykin, eyewitness evidence indicates that the fire in the auditorium was caused by the attackers who poured gasoline on a seating and walls and set them on fire.

Bastrykin also added that Russia’s Investigative Committee has reconstructed the timeline of the terrorist attack on Moscow’s Crocus City Hall concert venue.

"Investigators have established a complete timeline of the attack," he said.

Thus, according to the investigators, four criminals arrived to the Crocus City Hall building in a Renault car at 7:54 p.m. Moscow time (4:54 GMT). At 7:58 p.m. Moscow time, the terrorists opened fire from automatic guns at people outside the building. Then, they proceeded inside Crocus City Hall, firing at people who happened to be nearby, regardless of their gender or age.

"Using gasoline in plastic bottles that they brought on them, they set the premises on fire and left the building at 8:11 p.m. Moscow time," Bastrykin said. "The first investigation results indicate that the terror attack was thoroughly planned."

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