Death toll rises to 60 in Moscow concert attack

Rescuers work to extinguish fire at the burning Crocus City Hall concert venue outside Moscow, Russia, March 22. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

The death toll from a gunman attack at a Moscow concert hall on Friday evening has risen to 60, with an additional 145 wounded.

Camouflaged gunmen opened fire on concertgoers with automatic weapons, killing at least 60 people and injuring 145 more in an attack claimed by Islamic State militants.

In the deadliest attack in Russia since the 2004 Beslan school siege, the gunmen targeted civilians with gunfire just before the Soviet-era rock group Picnic was scheduled to perform to a full house at the 6,200-seat Crocus City Hall, just west of Moscow.

Verified videos showed people taking their seats in the hall, then rushing for the exits as gunfire erupted over screams. Other footage captured men firing at groups of people. Some victims were seen lying motionless in pools of blood.

Russian investigators reported the death toll exceeded 60. Health officials noted approximately 145 people were wounded, with about 60 in critical condition.

The 2004 Beslan school siege involved Islamist militants taking more than 1,000 people, including hundreds of children, hostage.