“N“Earlier this month, the U.S. Government received information about a planned terrorist attack in Moscow — potentially targeting large gatherings, including concerts — which prompted the State Department to issue a public warning to Americans in Russia,” wrote the National Security Council spokesperson, Adrienne Watson, on the social network X.

The National Security Council spokeswoman stressed that “the US Government also shared this information with Russian authorities in accordance with its long-standing ‘duty to warn’ policy.”

On the 7th, the US State Department issued an alert stating that the US embassy in Russia was “monitoring reports” about “imminent plans” by an extremist group to attack “large gatherings in Moscow”.

“American citizens are advised to avoid large groups of people for the next 48 hours,” he warned.

At least 133 people were killed, according to Russian authorities, after four armed individuals opened fire on hundreds of civilians in a concert hall in a shopping center on the outskirts of the Russian capital on Friday.

The attack was claimed by the Islamic State (IS), which it says occurred in the context of the “violent war” between the group and “countries that fight against Islam”.

The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) reported the arrest of eleven individuals allegedly linked to the attack, including the four terrorists who directly carried out the attack.

Russian President Vladimir Putin today condemned what he called a “barbaric and bloody” terrorist act and called for revenge.

Although he did not speculate on the masterminds of the attack, he suggested that the four detainees were trying to cross the border into Ukraine, which, according to the Russian leader, tried to create a “window” to help them escape.

Ukrainian authorities have denied any involvement in the attack and a US intelligence source told the Associated Press that US agencies confirmed the group was responsible for the attack.

Several world leaders have condemned the attack and expressed solidarity with the victims and families.

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Source: https://www.noticiasaominuto.com/mundo/2527211/eua-recorda-que-alertou-russia-sobre-possibilidade-de-ataque-em-moscovo

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