According to reports from The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph, at least 31 people were killed and 130 injured in a suspected suicide bomb blast at Moscow’s biggest airport, Domodedovo, Russian officials confirmed today. Domodedovo is the busiest of the Russian capital’s three commercial airports and reports have suggested a suicide bomber was responsible.
A spokeswoman for the investigative committee of the federal prosecutor’s office put the number of casualties at 31, citing preliminary information, and described it as an “act of terror”.
Russian investigators said that today’s explosion took place in the lounge area next to the international departure zone and close to the Asia cafe. They corrected earlier reports that said the blast took place in the international terminal’s luggage reclaim zone. Another source confirmed: “Dozens have been injured.”
The Russian state news agency has said around 130 people are thought to have been injured.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has vowed to track down and punish those behind the attack. He has also increased the level of security at transport hubs across the city. He wrote on Twitter: “Security will be strengthened at large transport hubs.
Russia is battling an Islamist insurgency in the Caucasus and deadly attacks on government and police officials in Dagestan as well as neighbouring Chechnya and Ingushetia are an almost daily occurrence.
January 24th, 2010.