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Blast in Moscow Airport Reportedly Kills 31; ‘Terror Attack,’ Say Officials

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.

 

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Photo of a terminal in Domodedovo airport by A.Savin (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or via Wikimedia Commons.

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11:59PM PST on Feb 4, 2011

Has anyone ever heard of "state sponsored terrorism"?!It has now come to light after tests on the remains of the "suicide bomber"that the person was full of "psychotropic drugs".So we shall never know whether this wretched person was "programmed"to carry out this evil and heinous act,but I have felt for years that covert underground govt organisations are carrying out these kind of activities to create fear and mayhem,as well as furthering their agendas,whatever they might be.I include the murder of John Lennon in this.He had got under the skin of the FBI and the CIA for years.Does anyone know what has happened to his killer?He appears to have disappeared off the face of the Earth-very handy as no one can see him,interview him or get the real story on why he did this terrible thing.He might be dead,for all we know!State sponsored terrorism IS happening and the people who get in the way are sadly,expendable!

2:37PM PST on Feb 1, 2011

i actually was in that airport not too long ago.

7:51AM PST on Jan 27, 2011

Do never under estimate Muslims, they hide behind the koran and kill civilians, claiming "Holy War" While I am writing this I had my middle finger up and called those idiots and those degenerate BARSTARDS names in 5 languages that I know. Sorry, Moscow, you did not need this, I have been there twice and love your city.

11:45AM PST on Jan 26, 2011

Do not always take media as truth. I'll tell you there are terror groups trying to blame this on the muslims and before that; leftists, while actually being a part of NATO. One group is called Operation Gladio or Stay Behind, put into action after the war. They were behind a freaking lot of terrible action in the past century in Europe, and officials were denied talking about it. Search, watch, wait.

9:54AM PST on Jan 26, 2011

Nuke Scumlims now. Islam means terrorism.

8:04AM PST on Jan 26, 2011

Thank you for posting.

9:54PM PST on Jan 25, 2011

In response to Shell S. Unfortunately this event does fuel already common in Russia hate for "Not-Russians". Their slogan "Russia for Russians' - of course meaning "Russians" by blood is pretty popular among many Russians. Government does nothing to change it. Another sad thing - just hours after the tragedy, thousands of scam charity-messages were sent to cell phones etc.
I visited my motherland past summer, went through this airport. So scary and so tragic. My heart goes to victims of this blast, and to victims of the system...

9:09PM PST on Jan 25, 2011

Sending loving kindness to the victoms and their loved ones. Sending positive thoughts that people won't jump on this as another excuse to bash all Arabs/muslims. The actions of a few idiots does not mean the WHOLE is that way. Please don't let this fuel more hate. That's what the few idiots are wanting and you are an idiot too if you fall into their trap.

4:02PM PST on Jan 25, 2011

Steve R...
FYI...before the Soviet Union was split apart, the Muslims were Russian citizens in their half of Russia. They came into the new Russia to get jobs and weren't trying to "condemn" or "reform" anyone. They just wanted to survive in the country they were born in and knew...and was pulled out from underneath them. How would you feel if the US was all of a sudden divided into two or three countries and the west coast was going to be the way it has always been, but the midwest and the east was going to be reduced to a sub-third world in an instant. Wouldn't you want to move to California to get back the kind of life you knew only days before? But, if you did, you would be beaten or murdered because you were no longer an "American?" That's what happened to them, so before you spout your hate toward a particular type of person, think how you would feel if it was directed at YOU!!!

12:24PM PST on Jan 25, 2011

Thank you, Steve R. It's amazing the denial. Multiple dismembered body parts from The Religion of Piece (s).

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