My condolences to all people having lost their beloved ones today.
Jan 24th, 2011, 02:03 PM
Terrible grim news.
Jan 24th, 2011, 03:00 PM
Jan 24th, 2011, 03:42 PM
Russian authorities: Terrorist bombing at Moscow airport kills 31
By the CNN Wire Staffc/div>
Russian state TV, citing Russian authorities, said the explosion was the act of a suicide bomber who stuffed a homemade bomb with small metal objects to make it more deadly, then activated it in a crowded area where many people were preparing for their flights. CNN could not independently verify those claims.
Incoming flights scheduled to land at Domodedovo were being diverted to Moscow's other airports, Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo, Russian TV said.
Lufthansa spokeswoman Claudia Lange said the airline has suspended all flights to Domodedovo until further notice.
Domodedovo is 22 kilometers (14 miles) southeast of Moscow. According to the airport's website, it is the largest of Moscow's three airports, as well as the busiest in terms of passenger traffic.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen condemned the attack and urged greater cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said British officials are "in urgent contact with Russian authorities to establish the facts and to provide consular support to any British nationals who may have been affected."
Russia has a long history of dealing with terror attacks.
Most recently, female suicide bombers struck the Moscow metro during rush hour in March, setting off two explosions that killed at least 38 people and wounded more than 60 others. Chechen rebels claimed responsibility for that attack.
In November 2009, an explosive device derailed an express train, killing at least 26 people.
CNN's Maxim Tkachenko contributed to this report.
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Jan 24th, 2011, 03:45 PM
How awful. So many innocent people dead because of the MFing terrorists!
Jan 24th, 2011, 06:17 PM
I guess that means I won't be getting my VISA this week.
Jan 24th, 2011, 06:33 PM
Just heard it on TV. Awful awful awful...
Jan 24th, 2011, 06:47 PM
At least 34 people, including a British citizen, have been killed and 130 injured in a suspected suicide bomb attack at Moscow's largest airport.
The explosion ripped through the Domodedovo airport's "meet and greet" international arrivals hall.
President Dmitry Medvedev said terrorists were behind the attack and vowed to track down those responsible.
"We mourn the victims of the terrorist attack at Domodedovo airport. The organisers will be tracked down and punished," he said.
President Barack Obama also condemned the attack.
The interfax news agency, quoting a police source, has reported that a British citizen and other foreigners are among the dead.
Twitter users posted mobile video mobile phone footage of dozens of people lying on the floor as thick smoke filled the hall and a fire burned along one wall.
Airport staff were shown using flash lights to pick their way through the debris.
Other videos posted on Twitter showed emergency workers wheeling injured people out of the terminal on stretchers or luggage trolleys.
Witness Frank Osterdyke described distressing scenes in the arrivals hall.
"I heard a loud explosion and the roof was coming down," he said.
"It was a terrible view. There were people dying and lying on trolleys. I am in shock."
The Interfax news agency said 35 of the injured were in a grave condition.
Two of the injured are also reported to be foreigners.
Domodedovo is the busiest of the Russian capital's three commercial airports.*
One witness said thousands of people were in the terminal at the time of the attack.
Two flights from the UK are believed to have landed at the airport at around the same time as the explosion.
BMI have confirmed that flight BD891 landed in Moscow at 13.36 UK time, 16.36 Moscow time, around four minutes after the attack.
All crew have been contacted and accounted for and the airline says it is waiting to hear news of other passengers but there is no suggestion that any of them were caught up in the incident.
A British Airways spokeswoman said: "We are aware of the incident at Moscow's Domodedovo airport and are speaking to our teams at the airport to establish further information."
Flight BA872 landed at 15.46 local time with 165 passengers on board.
The passengers disembarked and the flight turned around, leaving Moscow at 16.49.
The British Embassy says there have been no reports of British casualities.
The Foreign Office said British passengers should not travel to the airport.
Moscow suffered its worst attack in six years in March 2010 when two female suicide bombers from Russia's volatile Dagestan region set off explosives in the metro, killing 40 people.
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.
Sam Kiley, Sky's security correspondent, said insurgents from the North Caucasus were probably responsible for the attack.
He said reports from Russia say the FSB, the country's state security service, had been tipped off about a possible bomb attack at the airport, with one report saying the organisation had been told a suicide bomber was planning to attack the area near *customs.
Analysts say rebels are planning to increase violence in the run up to 2012 presidential elections.
In 2004, two suicide bombers were able to board planes at Domodedovo by buying tickets illegally from airport personnel.
The bombers blew themselves up in mid-air, killing all 90 people aboard the two flights.
Jan 25th, 2011, 03:22 PM
Terrible news. The pictures look horrible. I pray for the victims and their families.