Putin Under Threat: ISIS Promises 'Massacre' In Latest Announcement

By Victor Smiroff | Tuesday, 26 March 2024 11:59 PM
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In a chilling threat, ISIS has vowed to 'massacre' Russian President Vladimir Putin, stating that the brutal treatment of the Moscow attack terrorists has "increased our bloodlust."

This comes as new footage reveals one suspect being apprehended while hiding in a tree. The Kremlin, in response, has pledged to 'kill everyone involved' in the attack.

The four Russian nationals involved in the attack, identified as Dalerdzhon Mirzoyev, 32, Saidakrami Rachabalizoda, 30, Shamsidin Fariduni, 25, and Mukhammadsobir Faizov, 19, were subjected to severe detention conditions. They appeared in a Russian court on Sunday, visibly injured.

One video showed Rachabalizoda writhing and screaming on the ground as Russian soldiers beat him with their gun butts. In a subsequent video, an officer is seen cutting off his right ear and force-feeding it to him. Rachabalizoda later appeared in court with a swollen face and a large bandage over his right ear.


ISIS, which has claimed responsibility for the attack twice, has responded to these events. The group called on Putin to 'stop torturing Islamic prisoners' and warned that the images and videos of the torture only increased the 'bloodlust for thousands of their brothers.'


New footage shows Russian soldiers hunting down another terror suspect, who attempted to evade capture by climbing a tree. After throwing the man to the ground, the soldiers repeatedly smashed his head against the ground during their interrogation.


Meanwhile, Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of Russia's security council, urged security forces to 'kill' everyone who assisted in carrying out the terror attack.

ISIS issued a warning: 'To all wild Russians! Stop torturing Islamic State prisoners. Beware! Do not think that we do not have the opportunity to take revenge on you for our captured brothers. In Friday's attack, we proved to you that, God willing, the Mujahideen of the Islamic State can punish you for any of your horrors; without this revenge, a lot of blood will remain from the Islamic Ummah. Torture of captured Mujahideen in your name and publication of their videos increases your bloodlust for thousands of their brothers. This time, let's hit you so hard on the head that future generations, God willing, will remember you and these past pains and wounds will be forgotten. Yes! Very heavy, deadly, bloody, stabbing, burning and devastating blows. Wait! Expect a massacre, God willing. Very soon, God willing.'


New arrests were made in the case today. A father, Isroil Islomov, 62, and his two sons, Dilovar and Aminchon, were arrested under anti-terrorism laws as suspects of the Crocus City Hall massacre. They are believed to have sold the Renault used by the gunman to arrive at the venue and to flee. The Russian Investigative Committee views them as accomplices of the terrorist who killed 143 people at the concert venue. Dilovar, 24, is believed to be the last owner of the white Renault. His relatives claim he is innocent and voluntarily went to the police when they started looking for him.


A statement said: 'With the aim of committing a terrorist act, Shamsidin Fariduni involved Aminchon Islomov in the organised group no later than January 2024, and Dilovar Islomov no later than March 11, 2024. The investigation is requesting the court to arrest Aminchon Islomov, Dilovar Islomov and another suspect in the criminal case.' The court remanded them until May 22.


In the latest video of soldiers hunting down a suspect, they can be heard asking him for his first and last name while demanding he put his hands behind his back so he can be handcuffed. One soldier asked: 'Do you know why you're being arrested? Do you know? Do you know why you're being arrested? What are you f****** working on?,' before he slammed the man's head into the ground. He then asked: 'What were you doing in the tree? Why didn't you climb down?'


But Russia doesn't appear willing to back down in its treatment of the four men, who slaughtered 137 people at Crocus City Hall on the western outskirts of Moscow on Friday night. Deputy chairman of Russia's security council Dmitry Medvedev urged security forces to 'kill' everyone who assisted in carrying out the terror attack.


Referring to the four men, Medvedev said: 'They were caught. Well done to everyone who caught them. Should they be killed? Necessary. And it will be. But it is much more important to kill everyone involved. Everyone, who paid, who sympathised, who helped. Kill them all.'

Despite the evidence of torture, dozens of soldiers have been awarded medals for capturing the four terrorists. A Russian general was wheeled out to present medals to army troops from the Leningrad Military District. Lt-Gen Esedulla Abachev 'presented state and departmental awards to the military personnel… who distinguished themselves during the detention of terrorists in the Bryansk region that had participated in the attack on Crocus City Hall'. He 'personally congratulated each one, highly appreciating the accomplishment of the assigned combat missions'. The awards were for 'Courage' and 'Military Distinction'. Medals also went to members of the Akhmat-Russia regiment - loyal to Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadyrov - who were also involved in the operation. They 'distinguished themselves in the search for and neutralisation of particularly dangerous terrorists who had carried out a horrendous terrorist attack in Crocus City Hall.' FSB special forces officers were also involved in detaining the four.

This comes as allegations have emerged that the Russian security council headed by Vladimir Putin was warned of the risk of an ISIS atrocity several days before the attack on Crocus City Hall. They were reportedly told that Tajikistan citizens could be used for a strike in Russia. They were monitoring Wilayat Khorasan, or ISIS Khorasan or ISIS-K, and were aware that the organisation had tried but failed to stage atrocities in Austria, Germany and Kyrgyzstan, according to independent investigation outlet Dossier Centre.

'A few days before the terrorist attack, members of the Security Council received a warning that Tajik citizens could be used in terrorist attacks on Russian territory. Even before the attack on Crocus City Hall, a source close to the intelligence services told the Dossier Centre about this.' If true, it makes the unusual lack of security at the concert venue even more surprising. It may add to the suspicion, voiced by Ukraine among others, that the Russian security services were behind the horror, or had their own motives not to stop it. 'Russian law enforcement authorities monitored these reports and considered the risk of terrorist attacks in Russia high,' said the Dossier report. 'However, it was not possible to prevent the attack on Crocus City Hall, even despite US warnings about the threat.' The Americans had given public and private warnings to the Russians earlier this month.

Europe is now on terror alert following the brutal Moscow massacre, after French president Emmanuel Macron revealed the ISIS offshoot that slaughtered 137 at a concert on Friday tried to carry out 'several' strikes in France. France's security alert system, Vigipirate, was pushed to its highest on Sunday, after Macron held an emergency meeting to discuss the already tense security situation in the country, as it prepares to host the 2024 Olympic Games. He revealed that ISIS-K, the ultra-brutal ISIS offshoot that Western intelligence believes carried out the attack in Moscow, has 'attempted several times to hit France.' France's prime minister Gabriel Attal took to X to say: 'Given the Islamic State's claim of responsibility for the attack and the threats weighing on our country, we have decided to raise the Vigipirate posture to its highest level: emergency attack.' French officials today held a meeting to look at specific measures to step up security, such as checking bags on entrance to concert halls or places of worship. Travellers to and from the UK have been warned by officials at the Port of Dover to expect 'increased border processing times' following Macron's decision to raise France's border security checks. Italy followed France's lead, implementing increased security checks around Holy Week observances leading up to Easter this weekend. Both surveillance and checks will be increased, 'paying the most attention to the places of greatest aggregation and transit of people, as well as sensitive targets,' the Italian Interior Ministry said in a statement. Pope Francis has a busy schedule of events in Rome and at the Vatican in the days leading up to Easter Sunday. In Germany, Interior Ministry spokesperson Cornelius Funke said the threat from Islamic extremists 'remains acute' but authorities' risk assessment hasn't changed so far as a result of the Moscow attack. Germany is set to host the 2024 Euros in the summer. In Serbia, secret police officers with machine guns were seen patrolling the streets of Belgrade over the weekend. President Aleksandar Vucic said they and plainclothes police would monitor sports venues and shopping malls in the capital. The measure was criticised by Vucic's opponents as unnecessary and designed to scare the population.

British Chancellor Jeremy Hunt admitted yesterday that the UK should 'absolutely' be concerned about ISIS' comeback following its attack in Moscow. Hunt told broadcasters that Europe has to be 'vigilant' to the threat the terror group poses. 'We are very lucky in this country that we have incredibly impressive intelligence agencies, who have been successful in stopping, in foiling a lot of terrorist threats over recent years. But we have to remain vigilant. And if it is Islamic State, they are utterly indiscriminate in what they do. They're prepared to murder in the most horrific way. And so that's why I think our hearts go out to everyone who's affected by this, wherever they are in the world, and, yes, we have to make sure that we're on our guard.'

But while Europe has been open in its anxiety about ISIS, Russia has still refused to admit that the terror group was responsible for the attack, instead pinning the blame on Kyiv, assertions Ukraine denies. Russian President Vladimir Putin has not publicly mentioned Islamic State in connection with the attackers, who he said had been trying to escape to Ukraine. Russia has been at war with Ukraine since it invaded its neighbour in February 2022. Putin said some people on 'the Ukrainian side' had been prepared to spirit the gunmen across the border. Ukraine has denied any role in the attack and President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has accused Putin of seeking to divert blame for not securing Russia against such an attack by mentioning Ukraine. Today, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov refused to assign blame, urging the world to wait for the results of the investigation in Russia.

The Kremlin also launched a disinformation campaign targeting the UK, blaming MI6 and other Western intelligence agencies for the Moscow massacre. The Telegraph reported that social media bots had been sharing links to fake websites designed to trick people into believing they were real, established news outlets. According to a report by Meta, Facebook's parent company, EU-sanctioned Russian IT companies National Technologies and Social Design Agency carried out the attack.

In the aftermath of the attack, details on Russian authorities' treatment of the terrorists has come to light. Leaked video revealed that one of the four terrorists who carried out the Moscow concert hall massacre cried and screamed as he was caught by Russian soldiers, who then went on to cut off his ear and make him eat it. Russian border guards and FSB agents were seen furiously battering a man understood to be suspect Saidakrami Murodalii Rachabalizoda after chasing him through dense woodlands, in the 90-second-long clip shared to Telegram. Moments later, an enraged soldier sliced off Rachabalizoda's ear with a knife and forced him to eat it in a video too gruesome for MailOnline to publish. Rachabalizoda is one of four ISIS terrorists who were charged overnight with terrorism, after they were caught, allegedly tortured and detained by Russian security services following the deadly attack at a Moscow concert hall on Friday night. One of the terrorists was seen staking out the venue just a few days before the attack. Armed Russian authorities can be seen running through snow and flowing water as they catch up with the terrorist, who is believed to be part of an ultra-brutal sect of ISIS. Rachabalizoda can be seen lying on his back in a foetal position after two armed men catch up to him as several dogs surround him as well. One soldier can be seenkicking him in the face while another repeatedly strikes him with the butt of his gun. The soldiers then force Rachabalizoda to sit up and one of them slices off his ear with a knife. The man can be heard screaming in pain as the soldier then forces him to eat his own ear.

The video has sparked international outrage, with human rights groups condemning the brutal treatment of the terrorist. Amnesty International has called for an immediate investigation into the incident, stating that such treatment constitutes a war crime.

Despite the international outcry, the Kremlin has defended its actions. In a statement, the Russian government argued that the brutal treatment of the terrorist was justified given the horrific nature of the attack he was involved in. The statement also warned that any terrorists planning attacks on Russian soil would face a similar fate.

Meanwhile, ISIS has vowed to retaliate for the brutal treatment of its members. In a statement, the group warned that it would carry out a 'massacre' in Russia, targeting President Putin himself. The statement also called on Putin to stop torturing Islamic prisoners, warning that such actions would only increase the group's desire for revenge.

The threat from ISIS comes as Russia continues to grapple with the aftermath of the Moscow concert hall attack. The attack, which claimed the lives of 137 people, has been described as one of the deadliest terrorist incidents in Russia's history. The Russian government has vowed to bring those responsible to justice, with President Putin promising to 'kill everyone involved' in the attack.

As the investigation into the attack continues, new arrests have been made. A father and his two sons have been arrested under anti-terrorism laws on suspicion of having sold the car used by the gunman in the attack. The three men are currently being held in custody and are due to appear in court later this month.

In the wake of the attack, security has been stepped up across Russia, with increased police presence in public spaces and heightened security checks at airports and train stations. The Russian government has also called on its citizens to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to the authorities.

The Moscow concert hall attack has also sparked fears of a resurgence of ISIS, with security experts warning that the group could be planning further attacks. In response to these concerns, several European countries have raised their terror alert levels and have implemented additional security measures.

As Russia continues to deal with the fallout from the attack, the international community will be watching closely to see how the country responds to the threat from ISIS. The brutal treatment of the terrorists involved in the attack has already sparked controversy, and any further incidents of this nature could further damage Russia's international reputation. However, with ISIS vowing to carry out a 'massacre' in Russia, the country is likely to face further challenges in the coming months.