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Vietnam offers condolences to Russia over concert hall attack that killed at least 133

Vietnam offers condolences to Russia over concert hall attack that killed at least 133

Sunday, March 24, 2024, 15:08 GMT+7
Vietnam offers condolences to Russia over concert hall attack that killed at least 133
A woman holds a candle at a memorial to the victims of the shooting attack near Moscow, March 23, 2024. Photo: Reuters

Vietnam’s Acting State President Vo Thi Anh Xuan on Saturday extended a message of condolences to Russian President Vladimir Putin over a terrorist attack on a concert hall in the Crocus City Hall near Moscow on Friday evening (local time) that left at least 133 people dead and more than 100 injured.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son also sent their separate condolences to their Russian counterparts Mikhail Mishustin and Sergei Lavrov, respectively, on the same day, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

Vietnam strongly condemns terrorism in all forms and believes that the perpetrators will be strictly punished, spokeswoman for the Vietnamese foreign ministry Pham Thu Hang said at a press meet on the same day.

“We are deeply shocked by the brutal terrorist attack and would like to extend our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Russian government and people, as well as families of the victims,” she said.

No Vietnamese citizens have been reported as victims in the attack so far, according to the Vietnamese Embassy in Russia.

The embassy is working with local authorities to keep a close watch on the situation and ready to carry out citizen protection measures when necessary.

Vietnamese citizens in Russia should avoid crowded areas, keep themselves updated on relevant information, and contact the embassy via the citizen protection hotline 79166821617 or the citizen protection call center in Vietnam at 84981848484 in case of emergency, the agency advised.

According to Russia’s Sputnik News Agency, at least five gunmen opened fire on people in the concert hall in Crocus City Hall near Moscow on Friday evening.

To date, the terrorist attack has left at least 133 people dead and more than 140 injured, Euronews reported on Saturday, citing Russian authorities.

In a post on Telegram on Friday, the self-proclaimed Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bloodbath.

Russian authorities have apprehended 11 suspects, four of whom were reported to be directly involved in the attack, and President Vladimir Putin pledged to track down and punish those behind the onslaught, Reuters reported.

Vinh Tho - Nghi Vu / Tuoi Tre News


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