Blast in Moscow Airport Reportedly Kills 31; ‘Terror Attack,’ Say Officials
A bomb in Moscow’s Domodedovo airport has reportedly killed at least 31 people and injured more than 100. President Dmitry Medvedev told officials “from the preliminary information we have it was a terror attack,” today’s New York Times reports. The bomb went off at the baggage claim area in international arrivals where thousands of people were waiting. The airport is the busiest in Russia’s capital and is, reports the BBC, popular with foreigners and tourists.
Said Briton Mark Green, who arrived at the airport on a British Airways flights that landed prior to the blast:
“We were walking out through the exit of the arrivals hall towards the car, and there was this almighty explosion, a huge bang, we didn’t know it was an explosion at the time, and my colleague and I looked at each other and said ‘Christ that sounds like a car bomb or something,’ because the noise was, literally, it shook you,” Mr Green told BBC News.
He described scenes of panic and how he gave a drink of water to a bloodied Russian man whose face was blackened with soot.
In 2004, two suicide bombers boarded planes at Domodedovo after buying tickets illegally from airport personnel. The bombers blew themselves up in mid-air, killing all 90 people aboard the two flights.
Terrorists have targeted other transportation centers in Moscow, including the subway system. Last March, twin blasts
killed 39 people and wounded more than 60 people. (Here’s a timeline of terrorist attacks in Russia from the Guardian.)
Medvedev has ordered increased security across Moscow and at other airports, and called an emergency meeting with top officials.