An apparent suicide bombing at Moscow airport Monday killed 35 people and wounded 152 others, Russian authorities said.
“Today at 4:32 pm [local time] an explosion went off in the international arrivals hall of Domodedovo airport,” the Russian investigative committee said in a statement.
It is said that the blast happened in the baggage claim area. Russian sources are saying the blast was equal to 10,000 lbs. of TNT being detonated.
President Dmitry Medvedev told officials, “From the preliminary information we have it was a terror attack.”
RIA Novosti news agency reported that people were evacuated from the international airport after reports of smoke near a baggage carousel.
Domodedovo is the busiest of Moscow’s three commercial airports and is located 13 miles southeast of the Russian capital. Though it is known as Moscow’s most up-to-date airport, its security procedures have been called into question. 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.
Moscow police were checking subways and busy pedestrian areas as a precaution following the blast Monday and police also heightened security at Russian airports and on subway stations.
So far no group has claimed responsibility, but Russia is battling a Muslim insurgency in the North Caucasus with previous terror attacks targeting Moscow.
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