Russians investigate jet fighter crash at apartment building that killed 13, including children
The victims had been attending a children’s art class at the building in central Moscow when two Russian fighter jets were ordered to strike it from the sky above, causing the crash, a local hospital official said.
A member of a Russian emergency service helicopter that landed in the emergency room of a Moscow hospital carrying the dead and injured said 13 people had died, including six children. Another 17 were seriously injured, he said.
“It was a terrorist attack, a mass murder, there was no possible rational explanation or reason,” Vadim Faddeev, director of international relations at Russia’s federal air defence committee, told Reuters.
A Russian military-run, independent body investigating the incident found that it appeared to be a deliberate attack, said Tetyana Lokhova, a spokesperson for Russia’s Investigative Committee.
The committee said a Russian fighter jet had opened fire on an apartment building in central Moscow where children were being trained in an art class. The building was in the centre of the city, which is normally packed with office workers.
The dead were aged between 12 and 22 and included children, officials said.
One of the dead is believed to have been a woman, and her body has not been found.
The investigation team had gathered intelligence following a tip from Russian citizens living in the apartment building, which is located around 200 metres from Red Square – a famous tourist site in central Moscow.
It was in a state of high alert after last month’s crash-landing of a Russian military plane in Egypt that killed 224 people, including 60 children.
Following the accident, Russia’s air force had reduced its presence in Egypt after it deployed fighter jets to counter the threat of regional militants, and said it would deploy warplanes to help in “security” efforts in Syria.
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