Lilit Israelyan of Armenia, and her husband, Vugar Huseynov, an Azerbaijani citizen

One Armenian Among Victims Of Moscow Concert Hall Attack


YEREVAN (Combined Sources) — An Armenian national is among at least 137 people killed in the terrorist attack on a concert hall outside Moscow, Armenia’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

The ministry did not identify that person. It said earlier that it is “in constant contact with the relevant structures of Russia regarding the presence of citizens of the Republic of Armenia and ethnic Armenians among the victims of the terrorist attack.” It said it is also monitoring relevant “information disseminated through unofficial sources.”

(According to an item in Reddit, an Armenian woman, Lilit Israelyan, and her husband, Vugar Huseynov, an Azerbaijani citizen, were among the dead.)

Four men burst into the Crocus City Hall on the night of March 22, spraying people with bullets during a concert by the Soviet-era rock group Picnic. The presumed attackers, at least one of them a Tajik, were caught and remanded in custody on terrorism charges over the weekend.

In a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin sent on Saturday, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan joined the chorus of international condemnation of what was the deadliest attack inside Russia in two decades.

“Armenia strongly condemns this inhumane crime against civilians,” Pashinyan wrote. “I express my deepest condolences to you. We mourn together with the people of Russia and extend our sympathy and support to the families and relatives of the victims who have suffered an irreparable loss.”

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His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, has extended condolences to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia over the deadly terrorist attack at the Crocus City Hall near Moscow which killed at least 115 people.

“Strongly condemning the heinous crime, the Catholicos of All Armenians, on behalf of the Supreme Spiritual Council, the clergy and the faithful Armenian people, expressed deep condolences to the Russian president, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church and all people of Russia,” the Armenian Church press office reported on Saturday.

(Azatutyun and contributed to this story.)

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