Witnesses recall mayhem after blast at Moscow airport
Russian authorities rush inside Moscow's Domodedovo Airport shortly after Monday's explosion.
January 24th, 2011
02:10 PM ET

Witnesses recall mayhem after blast at Moscow airport

The scene at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport became so chaotic that airport staff had to break through a wall to let frightened passengers leave, a witness said.

Tatyana Popova, speaking from the departures area, said she was waiting at passport control when she heard the blast. Monday's explosion - which Russian authorities have attributed to a suicide bomber - caused smoke to course through the baggage claims area, she said.

“There were a lot of people crowded there because the escalators stopped,” Popova told the Russian station RT. “The staff organized (an) emergency exit, but the door was very narrow and people crowded there immediately. So, the staff started breaking the wall to let the people out."

Footage released on YouTube by Russian state TV showed several police in a smoke-filled section of the airport. There were several bodies and pieces of luggage lying on the floor, and video from another part of the airport showed paramedics rushing by with people on stretchers.

Russian state TV said the handmade bomb was filled with metal objects to increase shrapnel from the explosion.

Elena Bakhtina, who owns a café in the airport and who has a colleague in intensive care after the blast, told RT that the explosion must have been a strong one.

“Our café is about 100 meters from the arrivals area, and when we heard the blast, plaster started falling from the ceiling," she said.

Russian authorities said the death toll is 35. Another 35 people are in critical condition, and dozens more sustained less serious wounds.

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  1. Abu Lahab

    Business as usual at Islam Inc.

    January 24, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blue

      Haha, thats funny coming from Abu Lahab. Estella i disagree.

      January 24, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • lolza

      Eh, more like business as usual for religion in general.

      January 24, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Daniel

    The real tragedy of all this is that all the Russians have to do is to grant the Chechnyans the independence they deserve but won't!

    January 24, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Parshik

      Give more independence to Bin Laden, you moron.

      January 24, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • ihjowei

      ...the real tragedy is that all americans need to do is get out of iraq and afganistan to stop own troops from dying, but they won't. You idiot!

      January 24, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • jake64

      You dumb or you just pretending?

      January 24, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moby

      You can't be serious, can you? OK lets let Texas secede too because they are Baptists. It is about the same. And it wouldn't stop anything.

      January 24, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • yeah..

      Yes, all we need to do is give the terrorists in the Philippines their independence, as they deserve. In fact if we just gave them what they want, these psycotics would all start weaving baskets and singing Kubaya. Moron.

      January 24, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • yeah..

      Oh sorry, got confused. This is about the terrorists in Afghanistan. Yeah give them independence as well.

      January 24, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • yeah..

      Or is it the terrorists in Xinjiang Uyghur that the Chinese should give independence to? Oh heck, just give any Muslim with a bomb whatever they want.

      January 24, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      @Daniel, they are very selfish people. They would not recognize Kosovo or Bosnia as an independence states. These countries are not even border with Russia! It took Estonia how long? Too bad they have no control over Ukraine....too much to loose.

      January 24, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • BlueNorange

      U R obviously not following this at all because these explosions are happening all over the world and MOSTLY in the middle east targeting Americans or Shiites Sunnis or vice versa! Do a lil more reading bozo

      January 24, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      Oh, so you're saying that they DESERVE independance after all the people they've killed? You have one messed-up mind. Let's also give free reign to every other murderer out there. Why not?

      Idiot.

      January 24, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      Also, where exactly did you read about who did this? Where? These are only speculations, foolish and hateful speculations.

      January 24, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Now let me set you people above straight. The Chechens are descendants of the ancient Avars who moved in from Central Asia around 500 A.D. and are Muslims,whereas the Russians are a Slavic people and Christians by religion. In 1837 the Russians launched a 22 year long war for the conquest of Chechnya and tried to Christianize them and today all the Chechens want is their independence like Ukraine and Georgia. What's wrong with that?

      January 24, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Russian Army force they won't care Terrorist or hostages .If alert they kill them all ,you Idiot !

      January 24, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Daniel, if you have to turn to murder of the innocent people in order to gain the independence – you are the terrorist. And while, some countries continue to cover or train terrorists, they don't deserve freedom or independence. Most of the civilized countries, including Baltic states, gained their independence without a terror.

      January 25, 2011 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. DerpDiggler

    Another wonderful day, another wonderful suicide! You'd think they'd have run out of people by now!

    I think the US and Islam are in a race. Who gets the most kills; the fact that anyone in the US can buy a gun and commit murder since we think owning guns is a great idea, or the fact that anyone in the sand-countries can make a bomb and commit suicide and take out a crowd.

    Wonder who's winning! hmm

    January 24, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      I think it's a tie.

      January 24, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • tapu

      That's not really a contest you want to win.

      January 24, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      I think in this planet will run out of People only Coward has left ..Having fun baby ! You baster

      January 24, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Parshik

    Daniel, you have no idea what you are talking about. Keep you mouth shut.

    January 24, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • LiberalNN

      He's just a liberal who thinks that if we give terrorists what they want they'll leave civilized people alone.

      January 24, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • ESTELLA M DAVIS

      BLUE, YOU ARE CORRECT ON ONE OF YOUR POINTS, JESUS WAS A MAN, BUT, HE DID NO FOLLOW GOD AS IN DISCIPLE, THOSE WERE THE TWELVE IN THE UPPER ROOM, NOT IN THE UPPER TOMB. BLUE, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU REMEMBER THAT JESUS WAS A MAN, THAT'S WHO YOU CAN IDENTIFY WITH, UNLESS YOU HAVE A THING FOR CANINES OR FELINES OR PRIMATES. JESUS' WORDS ARE THAT HE DOES NOT FEAR GOD AS I DO NOT FEAR MY PARENTS, BUT, THERE MAY BE THOSE THAT FEAR MY PARENTS. IF JESUS WAS NOT A MAN OR A MAN WITH A NAME AND IDENTIFICATION, THEN WE SHOULD NOT CONSIDER HIM AS AN EXAMPLE OF ONE, EITHER. IF YOU WILL NOTICE THE WAY SOME HOSPITALS OR EMERGENCIES OPERATE WITH THE TRIAGE WAY OF STUDY OR IDENTIFYING PROBLEMS, THIS IS SIMILAR TO THE BUSINESS OF JESUS WHO IS A WITNESS OF GOD AS JOHN IS A WITNESS OF JESUS, THAT MEANS YOU AND ME. WHAT YOU SHOULD BE CONCERNED WITH IS THE GOSPEL OR GOOD NEWS, OF JESUS AND THAT WOULD BE CHRIST. YOU ARE ON TH RIGHT TRACK THOUGH IN UNDERSTANDING THE PLACE OF MAN IN THE SCHEME OF ALL THINGS..

      January 24, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. teaparty01

    Let us say a prayer for those who were injured or deceases

    January 24, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. NotALibtard

    Hey, I know!!! Let's put a Muslim in the White House too!!! Oh yeah, that was already done. Those fun loving Muslims!!!

    January 24, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frankie

      He isn't a Muslim. His father was. Do your homework, 'tard. For the record, the right-wing nutjobs (redundant, I know), lambasted Obma for his association with CHRISTIAN Reverend Wright. You can't have it both ways, you know. You can't pillory the man for his Christian church and then call him a Muslim. But then, I always marvel at how breathtakingly ill-informed some people are....

      January 24, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grafixer

      Proof that you have been totally brainwashed – just like the Extremists that are the terrorists. Get an education. If all you can do is puke Beck rants, go to the Fox site where you will feel more comfortable.

      January 24, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      I think Bush is Muslim ? You retarded !

      January 24, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. KatyaKatya

    Daniel, are you sure it is Chechnyans? I would say Chechens. You are right about Checnya independence except it is too late already. Chechnya is ruled by pro-Putin bandits and nothing is going to help. If there are any decent people left there they will be arrested, tortured, abducted for ransom, killed. And explosions will continue because Putin profits from them. Didn't you read they had information about this explosion being prepared, even to the time and location? They didn't do anything.

    January 24, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • jake64

      Another moron.. sees conspiracy everywhere

      January 24, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lana

      Katya-Katya, just like Daniel keep your mouth shut and shame on you! You guys have no idea what you are talking about!
      Memory eternal to all deceased victims of this shameful act!

      January 24, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grafixer

      How does Putin profit from this?

      January 24, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      I liked Putin way ?Terrorists or hostages gas them all up !

      January 24, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      Did u learn it from Fox news?? About Putin, and Chechens? Idiot

      January 25, 2011 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  8. NotALibtard

    Frankie: Ask your wife for your pair back for a minutes and be a man. Then you can give them back to her so she can put them in the shoebox under the bed. Then you can go back to wearing your pink panties without the manly bulge.

    So you think a person who embraced Islam and changed his name to reflect his beliefs is not a Muslim? TARD!!!

    January 24, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • rudy

      who cares?
      how about if he was an atheist? a buddhist? a quaker? a hindu? who cares?

      January 24, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Marie

    My heart is breaking for those who died and for those injured and for all the families and friends. I have Christian friends in Russia and it breaks my heart to hear some of the terrible things people are saying. We don't know who the people are who were killed or injurned and so many of you don't seem to care. People are people, even if some do act like animals. God loves all people, even if He doesn't like the things they say and do. May God open your eyes to the fact Jesus died for all mankind, not just certain people.

    January 24, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RUFFNUTT

    it would be nice if the russians got mad and decide to wipe iran and all those countries off the map..

    January 24, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • BetterLateThanNever

      While I don't agree with that tactic, Russia has been known to retaliate in ways the the rest of the world wouldn't approve of. Look at some of their past leadership.

      January 24, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • rudy

      that would be sweet.
      maybe they can take out israel and the confederate states too.
      throw in the vatican while theyre at it

      January 24, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Russian

    Smells like a Conspiracy ! Almost 10 days ago ,Russia has recognized Palestine as an Independent State ! Very Obvious some groups don't like that situation ! This tragedy looks Like a Retortive Action against Russia

    January 24, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • roman

      I agree...smells jews

      January 24, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. john

    "From the preliminary information we have it was a terror attack," President Dmitry Medvedev told officials.
    Russia's Interfax news agency reported that a head found at the site appears to belong to the bomber.
    "We found the head of a man of Arab appearance, aged 30-35. It seems he detonated the explosive device," said the source.

    January 24, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • NotALibtard

      The newspaper in the morning will say "Terrorist gives head".

      January 24, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Blue

    Jesus did not die for anyones sins and he is not God, he was a man and said he follows the supreme being. Derp diggler you are an example of someone who believes everything he reads or sees on the news.

    January 24, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marie

      I believe the Bible; The Word of God. Jesus died for me and the Holy Spirit lives inside me and is my Comforter. I'm 75 years old and have been saved almost 61 years. My God have mercy on you. I have a great love for people and have many who love me. God's Word is truth.

      January 24, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. NotALibtard

    Have you noticed that Okenyan the Muslim hasn't said anything negative about this at all? Not surprised. He can't go against his brothers.

    January 24, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ALFREDO

    This ideology isn't compatible with the modern world you and your family want to live in. All over the world, everywhere, everywhere there is a Jihad taking place. Suicide and death are their reward. An antiquated ideology of fiction rules their mind. Slowly we see this ideology flee their origin of persecution to enter your country to force their beliefs on to you, like it or not. Stop blaming this mindless violence on "so called repression" , this sickness needs to be repressed.....

    January 24, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
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