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Russia mourns lives lost in deadliest attack in two decades


Russia lowered flags to half-mast on March 24 for a day of mourning after scores of people were gunned down with automatic weapons at a rock concert outside Moscow in the deadliest attack inside Russia for two decades.

President Vladimir Putin declared a national day of mourning after pledging to track down and punish all those behind the attack. "I express my deep, sincere condolences to all those who lost their loved ones," Putin said in an address to the nation on March 23, his first public comments on the attack. "The whole country and our entire people are grieving with you." Ukraine has repeatedly denied any role in the attack, which Putin blamed on "international terrorism".

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