A purported evidence has indicated that “Ukrainian nationalists” orchestrated the attack on the Moscow concert hall, and funded the perpetrators through cryptocurrency payments originating from Ukraine, media reports said citing Russia’s committee which is investigating the tragic incident that took place on March 22. 

Apart from that, Russian authorities reported on Friday (Mar 29) that they had detained three individuals for allegedly plotting another attack in the southern part of the country. This is separate from the earlier attack on Crocus City Hall in suburban Krasnogorsk that claimed nearly 144 lives. The hall was located about 12 miles west of the Kremlin. 

In connection to the latest attack which was thwarted by the Russian authorities, the Federal Security Service (FSB) disclosed that they foiled “terrorist activities of three nationals from a Central Asian country,” as per reports. 

The security agency also revealed that the now-detained individuals were “planning to commit a terrorist act by blowing up a device in a public place in the Stavropol region.” 

Notably, the Stavropol region is located in the southern part of Russia and is situated in the North Caucasus region and borders multiple other regions, including Dagestan and Chechnya. As per reports, images broadcast on Russian television depicted several men restrained on the ground by FSB officials.

The reports also added that materials for making an improvised explosive device (IED) were also discovered at the residence of one of the suspects. 

So far, Russia has detained 12 individuals. This includes four alleged assailants from Tajikistan. Eight of them have been charged with terror-related offences.

Russia has also cast suspicion on Ukraine and alleged involvement in the attack without substantiating the claims up until now. ISIL (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attack. United States had also issued warnings prior to the assault regarding potential extremist activities targeting mass gatherings in Russia.

(With inputs from agencies)

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