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World in brief: April 2, 2024

RUSSIA: President Vladimir Putin vowed today to track down the masterminds of the Moscow concert hall attack that left 144 people dead in the worst assault on Russian soil in two decades, and urged its law enforcement agencies to tighten security at mass gatherings.

Speaking at a meeting with top officials of the Interior Ministry, the Russian president said it is important to determine “not only the perpetrators of this outrage but all links in the chain and its beneficiaries.”

ALBANIA: A car crashed into a river in south-east Albania today, killing all eight people inside, including seven suspected migrants and a local driver, police said.

The driver of the vehicle lost control and veered into the Vjosa River about 150 miles south-east of the capital Tirana in the early morning. 

Seven of the victims were suspected to be "from third countries,” it said, a description police often use to refer to migrants.

FINLAND: A 12-year-old student opened fire at a secondary school in southern Finland this morning, killing one and seriously wounding two other students, police said. 

The suspect was later apprehended at the Viertola school in the city of Vantaa, just outside the capital, Helsinki.

Police said both the suspect and the victims were 12 years old.

EGYPT: President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi of Egypt was sworn in for a third six-year term today after being re-elected back in December. 

Mr El-Sissi won 89.6 per cent of the vote in the December election. He ran against three virtually unknown opponents.


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