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World leaders condemn Russian concert hall attack

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World leaders, including United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, denounced the deadly attack on a Moscow concert hall that left at least 115 dead.

The UN Security Council also offered its condolences and urged all states “to cooperate actively” with the Russian government and other authorities to hold perpetrators and backers of “these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice.”

The White House sent its condolences to the victims of the “terrible” attack, saying it was trying to get more information.

“Our thoughts are with the victims of this terrible shooting attack,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters. “The images are just horrible and just hard to watch.”

The White House also said that the United States had warned Russian authorities earlier this month about a “planned terrorist attack” possibly targeting “large gatherings” in Moscow.

President Xi Jinping “strongly condemned” the attack and sent his condolences to Putin, state media reported.

Xi “stressed that China opposes all forms of terrorism, strongly condemns the terrorist attack and firmly supports the Russian government’s efforts to safeguard its national security and stability,” Xinhua news agency said.

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