UPDATED: Suspected suicide bombing at Moscow airport kills dozens

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian authorities are saying it was probably a suicide attacker who carried out a deadly bombing at Moscow's busiest airport this afternoon.

The international arrivals terminal at Domodedovo Airport was splattered with blood and body parts after an explosion that sprayed the hall with shrapnel, screws and ball bearings.

The emergencies ministry says at least 31 people were killed and nearly 170 wounded, while an airport official puts the death toll higher.

The Interfax news agency cites law enforcement sources saying the head of the suspected bomber had been found. A spokesman for Russia's investigative committee says investigators are trying to identify him.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is calling the incident a terror attack and has ordered authorities to tighten security at Moscow's two other commercial airports and other transportation facilities.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. But, Chechen militants have said they were behind previous attacks, including a double suicide bombing in Moscow's subway last March that killed
40.

Russia has fought two devastating wars with separatists in Chechnya. While large-scale battle there ended years ago, Islamic militants have continued to carry out suicide bombings and other attacks.
(COPYRIGHT 2011 BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)
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MOSCOW (AP) - Russian officials say an explosion caused by an apparent terrorist attack ripped through the international arrivals hall at Moscow's busiest airport, killing 31 people and wounding about 130.

President Dmitry Medvedev told officials “from the preliminary information we have it was a terror attack.”

The state Ria Novosti news agency, citing sources in law enforcement, said the explosion Monday afternoon at Domodedovo Airport may have been caused by a suicide bomber.

The airport is generally regarded as Moscow's most up-to-date, but its security procedures have been called into question.

In 2004, two suicide bombers were able to board planes at the airport by buying tickets illegally from airport personnel. The bombers blew themselves up in midair, killing all 90 people aboard the two flights.
(COPYRIGHT 2011 BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)


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