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Moscow attack: Two concert hall massacre suspects plead guilty as Isis-K attempted French assault

Two of the four suspects charged with carrying out the concert hall attack in Moscow that killed more than 130 people have pleaded guilty after appearing in a Russian court bearing the hallmarks of torture.


Moscow’s Basmanny District Court formally charged Dalerdzhon Mirzoyev, 32, Saidakrami Rachabalizoda, 30, Mukhammadsobir Faizov, 19, and Shamsidin Fariduni, 25, with committing a terrorist attack. The offence carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

The court ordered that the men, all of whom are citizens of Tajikistan, be held in pre-trial custody until May 22.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov declined to answer a question about the visible signs of torture on the suspects’ bodies.

It comes as French President Emmanuel Macron said that Isis-Khorasan, the group that claimed responsibility for the Moscow attack, has also attempted multiple attacks in France.

“This group also tried to commit several actions on our own soil,” Mr Macron told reporters during a visit to French Guyana.

The French government on Sunday raised its terror alert warning to its highest level following the shootings in Moscow.

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