Victims of an attack by gunmen at a concert hall on the fringes of Moscow, are at least 115 with 100 more injured, according to Russian security services.

Attackers clad in camouflage gear took part in the attack, in the north-western suburb of Krasnogorsk, BBC-verified video shows.

Four men directly involved were among 11 arrested on Saturday, officials say.

Crocus City Hall was about to host a rock concert when the gunmen burst into the foyer and then the theatre itself.

Much of the building was engulfed by fire and part of the roof collapsed.

Children are said to be among the casualties and the Russian foreign ministry has condemned a “terrorist attack”.

According to an unverified statement online, militant group Islamic State said it was behind the attack.

Russia’s National Guard said it had special units working at the scene to hunt down the attackers. Top Russian officials also headed to Krasnogorsk.

Two weeks ago, the US embassy put out a warning to US citizens to avoid large gatherings, saying it was monitoring reports that “extremists have imminent plans to target large gatherings in Moscow”. It updated its advice on Friday evening, urging US citizens to avoid the vicinity of the attack.

More than 6,000 Russians had flocked to the Crocus City Hall retail and concert complex for a concert by rock group Picnic. One witness said the violence erupted minutes before the band were due to come on stage. Picnic’s band members themselves were unharmed.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called the attack a “barbaric terrorist act” and announced a day of national mourning for 24 March

He said all the attackers have been arrested, and that the suspects were trying to flee to Ukraine, a claim Kyiv has described as “absurd”

Muscovites are queuing to give blood for those injured and flower tributes have been placed at the scene of the attack

BBC/Simeon Ugbodovon

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