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Chechen detained after terrorist attack in Crocus City Hall dies in police custody in Moscow

Chechen Askhab Uspanov allegedly died from torture in police custody, according to Agency.News citing his mother and Chechen channel 1ADAT.
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Flowers and toys are seen left by the burnt-out Crocus City Hall concert venue in Krasnogorsk, outside Moscow, on March 25, 2024. Source: Olga MALTSEVA / AFP
Chechen detained after terrorist attack in Crocus City Hall dies in police custody in Moscow

Chechen Askhab Uspanov, arrested after the terror attack at Crocus City Mall, died in Moscow police custody, according to the Agency.News report on 1 April.

Agency.News reported, citing Uspanov’s mother, that her son was arrested on the night of March 22-23 after the terror attack at Crocus City Mall.

When Uspanov’s wife arrived at the police station two hours later, she was told that her husband was dead.

According to the Chechen channel 1ADAT, he died from torture. The channel claims that “Uspanov had broken ribs and spine, as well as marks of strangulation and bruising on his body.” 1ADAT published a video from the morgue showing Uspanov’s body with signs of violence.

The video author alleges that the police staged Uspanov’s suicide to cover up the crime.

Uspanov’s mother stated to Agency.News that her son would not have committed suicide since he was a Muslim, and suicide is condemned in Islam. Uspanov’s family also denies that he was involved in the terror attack.

The shooting attack occurred on the evening of 22 March when crowds gathered for a concert at the Crocus City Hall concert center on the outskirts of Moscow. According to the latest data, 144 people were killed in the attack.

Nine individuals, mostly citizens of Tajikistan, have been arrested in the case. Four of the suspects in the direct execution of the terrorist attack suffered torture during their detention and interrogations.

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