31 killed in terror strike at Moscow airport

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January 24, 2011 18:25

A view of the terror struck airport soon after the suicide bombing. Photo - Denis Sinyakov/Reuters

Who: An unidentified suicide bomber.

What: A suicide bomber struck Russia’s biggest airport, Domodedovo, killing at least 31 people and injuring 130 others. Twenty of the injured are reported to be in critical condition. “According to available information, an explosion occurred at Domodedovo’s arrivals hall,” a spokeswoman for investigation committee told reporters.

Where: The bomb blast took place in the international arrivals hall at the Domodedovo airport, some 40km south east of capital Moscow.

When: The explosion went off at 16:32 local time (1332 GMT) on Monday, 24 January.

Why: Domodedevo airport is the busiest of the city’s three commercial airports and served around 22 million people last year. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said the explosion at Domodedovo Airport was a terrorist act. Russian media reports said the police are hunting for three suspects in connection with the bombing. Moscow is expected to blame remnants of the Chechen rebels for the attack. Insurgents in Chechnya are seeking independence from the Russian Federation and have staged numerous deadly attacks in Moscow and other cities since the 1999 war.

How: An eye-witness told Russian Itar-Tass news agency that “there were two explosions”. “One occurred before we landed. A flight from Dushanbe landed before us and it was checked for a long time,” the woman said. “We went downstairs to the first floor right away in order to get out somehow. We asked airport personnel for help and said there had been an explosion. But they all pretended that nothing had happened and we were told to remain clam.” “The second explosion occurred on the second floor and when we walked out of the airport windowpanes were smashed on the left on the second floor, if you face the building,” she added.

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