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Official Russian Press Story Does Not Match World Cup Car Attack Footage

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In what might be an attempt to quell the fears of guests at the World Cup in Moscow, Russian press has described an apparent car attack by a Kyrgyzstani national that injured eight as a “tragic accident.”

But video of the incident tells a different story:

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Police have released an interrogation tape in which the cabbie claims that he tried to brake in order to let a pedestrian cross the street, but pressed the gas pedal instead, accelerating into the crowd. The driver claims that he was tired after 20 straight hours of work, which caused the error.

But the video clearly shows that there was no pedestrian in the street for the driver to avoid. It also shows the cabbie running from the vehicle after plowing through the crowd. He claimed that he was afraid of “being killed” after the incident.

Some of Russia’s state media has ignored the story altogether.

Terror group ISIS has threatened the 2018 World Cup as a potential target several times. Big League Politics reported in April:

“A second poster recently released by Wafa shows a jihadist with an AK-47 emerging from an explosion in a soccer stadium:

‘Putin, you disbeliever,’ the poster says. ‘You will pay the price for killing Muslims.’

Wafa is likely referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s alliance with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has focused on driving ISIS out of Syria”

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“We don’t know what happened and just because this guy is from Kyrgyzstan does not mean he is a terrorist,” said Mark Galeotti, a security expert. “But we also know that we can’t trust the official Russian line.”

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