Reports: Terrorist attack kills 31, injures at least 100 at Moscow airport
January 24th, 2011
11:18 AM ET

Reports: Terrorist attack kills 31, injures at least 100 at Moscow airport

Follow CNN's coverage of the terrorist attack at the Moscow airport

[Updated at 11:18 a.m.] Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said in a television address that the Monday bombing at a Moscow airport was a terrorist attack.

He further said that he postponed his trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, because of the bombing.

NATO 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."

[Updated at 10:51 a.m.] Footage from inside Moscow's Domodedovo Airport showed several police in a smoke-filled section of the airport.

There were several bodies lying on the floor, and video from another part of the airport showed paramedics rushing by with people on stretchers.

[Updated at 10:38 a.m.] A suicide bomber was responsible for the blast at Moscow's Domodedovo Aiport on Monday, Russian state TV reported.

The station said the handmade bomb was stuffed with metal objects to increase shrapnel from the explosion.

The state-run ITAR-TASS news agency said the explosion occurred at the international arrivals section of the airport. Another state media outlet earlier said it happened at a baggage claim area.

[Updated at 10:33 a.m.] As police went on high alert around the capital city, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called security chiefs to an emergency meeting at the Kremlin to discuss the situation.

[Updated at 10:06 a.m.] Flights destined for Moscow's Domodedovo Airport are being redirected to other airports in Moscow, either Sheremetyevo or Vnukovo, according to Russian TV.

Domodedovo is located about 14 miles southeast of Moscow, and the airport's website says it's the largest and busiest of the airports in the capital.

[Updated at 10:04 a.m.] State TV is reporting that the blast at a Moscow airport erupted at the baggage claim area, killing 31 people.

The Health Ministry provided the media outlet with the death toll, it said.

CNN is seeking details on the Russian Investigative Committee report that terrorists are responsible for the explosion.

[Updated at 9:53 a.m.] The Russian government is confirming the death toll of 31 people and says 130 people were injured in the Moscow airport blast.

[Updated at 9:48 a.m.] Russian state TV reported 31 people are dead and more than 100 others were injured in an explosion at Domodedovo Airport in Moscow.

In a post on its website, the Russian Investigative Committee is blaming terrorists for the attack.

[Updated at 9:37 a.m.] The explosion at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport killed at least two people and injured 20 others, according to the official RIA Novosti news agency.

Russia's Investigative Committee confirmed the blast, saying 20 people were affected, although the extent of their injuries was unclear.

State TV said the explosion occurred at the baggage claim area of the airport.

The explosion occured at 4:40 p.m. in Moscow, RIA Novosti said.

[Posted at 9:24 a.m.] An explosion has occurred at Domodedovo Airport in Moscow, Russia's Investigative Committee said.

There are conflicting reports of deaths and injuries.

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  1. Jones

    You're supposed to denounce and reject this deed, then again you and other muslims probably love it.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. luis

    that guy was just crazie theres people like this fool all over the us and other countries its a big deal cause he shot a goverment official other wise it wouldnt be top news. get your head out your ass.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. steve

    Oh, my. Those darned Mormons are at it again.....

    January 24, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Stoney

      LOL – Never trust folks who choose to marry more than one woman. They obviously have a death wish. Well played.

      January 24, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jennifer

    How did this pass through Security?

    January 24, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. CC

    Reading all these comments makes me lose faith in humanity. All it is is ignorant bickering that jumps to conclusions.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. O

    you are a idiot, people who think like you is the reason why this world is the way it is.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. MAF

    Ignorance such as this is cancer, and the cause of acts such as this. Congratulations for being part of the problem. You sound like a bigot at best, or a terrorist at worst.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. mrg

    "Chechens attack Russia on a regular basis. It's not really a surprise"
    How stupid (or Russian) u must be to write this! Russians killed half of Chechens just last 15 years... They envided their another neighbor just 3 years ego...

    January 24, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • kasey

      Sorry, but it's true. Not saying they don't have reason to do it, but they do terrorist attacks frequently in Russia, their favorite targets being modes of transportation (subways, airplanes, etc.).

      January 24, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mmmmm

    Why it did not blowup on the plane because the bag was never placed on the plane. The bag was probally place there by the perp who has general access to the airport...say a cab driver, transit bus van driver, etc who could access luggage or drop-off pakages without scrutiny, food vendors. There is an unchecked vector in the airport and the knuckleheads took advantage of it. People tug on bags looking for their own. Anybody innocent could have detonated the bag. Russian security dropped the ball big time.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mmmmm

      It would be nice if all airports pay heed and eval this event. Russia maybe just a test run .

      January 24, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Olga

      In Russia you cannot access a baggage claim area from the outside. You cannot be there unless you've just landed in the airport.

      January 24, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      So you say, the detonated bomb is proof the area is accessible to the unauthorized.

      January 24, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Stoney

      Remember, your country will keep you as safe as they can afford to. Safety costs money and we have the best paid and most thorough minimum-wage earning TSA agents money can't buy...Russia is doing so much better financially, right? oh, not so much, I guess.

      January 24, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  10. Robert in Gainesville

    How quickly we forget that people have died in this event. Stop fortifying your individual agendas and have some sympathy for those lives that were lost.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Russian Mike

    Chronicle of events in Russian. Use Google translate. http://lenta.ru/articles/2011/01/24/chronicles/

    January 24, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Gary Bonner

    Friends,

    Are you tired of the "Islamic militant terror murderors" yet? This is getting rediculous. I think there needs to be a summit of the major powers of the world. I'm talking the US, China, Russia, EU and we need to sit down and just decide that we have had ENOUGH of this CRAP. No more trying to "understand why they hate us" and no more politically correct musings about "just a few bad actors." We have got to come to terms with the FACT that these people are not interested in peaceful co-existance. They must be beaten into submission. We have to declare way across the globe and fight then vigorously until they surrender...PERIOD.

    I know that's not the warm and fuzzy thing to say; and NO I am not advocating genocide or anything like that. I am saying the there are millions of people in the world who believe they have a right to impose on the rest of us by force and terror. Let's just DECIDE to go ahead and take thier challenge to a fight....and WIN!!!

    January 24, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • nameless

      I agree. It clearly getting out of control. Just weeks ago a christian coptic church was bobmber by a muslim suicide bomber and at athat it happend at a christmas mass. Muslims are truly the cancer of this world and civilized and sane part of this world needs to deal with muslims and Islam in general.

      January 24, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • jhon doe

      LOL , Buddy I think you been watching a little to much of brave heart yes lets get all the super powers of the world and all the terrorist come up with a meeting spot and just duke it out and settle this feud once and for all yes that will solve the terrorist problems of the world !! You had to just wake up stupid today right? Or are you really that stupid to begin with please tell me which is it.

      January 24, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  13. conoclast

    Ah, the internet! Tease us with a just-in partial story, then sit back and watch as we Internet Patriots immediately launch into another ignorant flame war! The jihadi terrorists need attack us no further; if we blame them for every wrong-doing on the planet then they've already won by default.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Yulka

    I can not believe how narrow-minded some people who post here are. If you are not intelligent enough, just skip on commenting. At to the "zhiznj malinoj ne kazalas'", sho(t)gun is the bilggest IDIOT on this page of posts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 24, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Sutler

    See...In Soviet Russia, baggage claims you!

    January 24, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
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