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. ?

    So what blew up, then?

    January 24, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • what

      It just happened like an hour ago thousands of miles from here. ... give it some time ...

      January 24, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Sturla Molden

      What blew up was a suicide bomber according to Reuters.

      January 24, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • lynseypug

      initial reports indicate a suicide in answer to your question, a person blew up

      January 24, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • 777ft

      it was suicide-bomber

      January 24, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • michaelfury

      January 24, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • bundas

      It cannot be Muslim. Islam is religion of peace.......

      January 24, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Gary, Shut up, you dont know if they were Muslim. Why would it matter anyways?

      January 24, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Religion of Pieces at work

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

      I speak Russian at an intermediate-advanced level and am listening to Radio Moscow. I'm not positive (and maybe this has been reported already), but I believe they are reporting that the bomb was detonated in the baggage claim area for a flight that arrive from Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

      January 24, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Avatar

      Listen to moron Ryan here. How do we know this was done by a Muslim? Well, how many other groups of people do you know of who kill innocent people by blowing themselves up? I think it's a pretty fair assumption. Why does it matter anyway? What planet have you been living on for the past 30 years?

      January 24, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Joey Baggz

      Just curious, when was the last time that a major suicide bombing ended up not being a muslim? Vietnam is about all that comes to my mind, but correct me if I'm wrong. I personally have no problem jumping to this conclusion, moslty because it is correct 99% of the time. Religion is today's mythology.

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

      The bomb was blown up by terrorists! I condole with all relatives to victims! It not important Moslems they were or not. Important that in Russia again innocent a victim, them not 30 persons, and almost 100! Those who has organized and has paid should be found and destroyed! And people should unite and hang together! When on September, 11th blew up America, Russian people bore flowers in Moscow to the American embassy, they were solidary.

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

      For comon people these terrorist attacks are kind of natural disasters.
      Government knows the root of it, but not doing anything it.
      – illigal money transfers
      – drug mafias
      most of the black money goes in the hand of these terrorists !!

      January 24, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • LOL!

      Latest update...In further investigation, it was found out the suicide bomber was an Atheist.

      January 24, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mother russia

    Just wait until Fedor Emelianenko hears about this!

    January 24, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • LOL

      lol, Fedor was mad because Dana White wont let him fight in the UFC

      January 24, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • apple

      UFC is worst job ever.

      January 24, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Alistair Overeem

      What's Fedor going to do when he hears about this? Avoid the claims? Make whomever told him take olympic style drug testing? That's right, nothing!

      January 24, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. Serge NY

    Russian websites reporting it happened 4 30pm Moscow time at the baggage claim area of Domodedovo airport. They are also saying it is possible that a suicide bomber blew him/herself up. At least 10 dead and 20 injured. Very sad...

    January 24, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt @Serge

      Most suicide bombers do blow themselves up.......

      January 24, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. T&T

    So frightening. Another report tells much higher # of dead & injured. Just can't make sense of these things – just can't make sense.

    January 24, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. Tony

    Shark is a retard

    January 24, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Kathy

      When in the face of human tragedy, one comments as Shark did, it only underlines the complete ignorance he/she possesses. I am in complete agreement with you.

      January 24, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. adam

    Go away, adults are talking

    January 24, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Aliov

      Adults should be at work working not posting. Get a job looooooseeerrrrr

      January 24, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  7. David M

    Explosions don't just happen for no reason, especially in the baggage claim area of an airport. It has all the marks of a suicide bomber. That kind of fanatacism is beyond understanding.

    January 24, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. adam

    And you know they are Muslim, how?

    January 24, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • USMC 00001

      It might be because a majority of terrorist nowadays are...

      January 24, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • bricott4

      because they are the only ones that blow themselves up in this day and age....not to mention, they like killing innocent will probably use the IRA as an example but for the most part, their attacks were always at the military or political parties.

      January 24, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Gaunt

      That comment betrays such a staggering ignorance of the Irish 'time of troubles' it staggers the mind. The IRA attacked primarily military targets? Really? So we can draw as a conclusion from that comment that you know absolutely NOTHING at all about the IRA its history or the Irish problem: you didnt even bother to spend 5 seconds on Wiki before posting. How sad.

      January 24, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • stupid

      100 % AGREE .
      Ireland and Spain See this every months . But US people dont know they are to stupid to understand it.
      Russia has the same problems with the countries around it. But Americans lives in an other world normal only CNN and FOX News have a look and u will understand who big loser are the channel in the US.

      January 24, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • JSP

      You can't even spell or form coherent sentences, let alone speak English. Until that day, keep your ignorant nonsense to yourself. Fool, you're just jealous that America runs s#$t. Get over it, and the fact that your nation is a joke compared to ours. Chump..

      January 24, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. robert

    shark, you're an idiot!

    January 24, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  10. Infinity Ward

    Welp, let the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare2 blame session commence.

    January 24, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • holyfreakincow

      No this is Black Ops fault, lol

      January 24, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  11. EEFCG

    Gramps, you are an idiot. Loss of life is never something to joke about, and I am sorry if you are still left in the cold war. This is one of our allies against our current enemies. We may not see eye to eye on everything, but we support each other in the tough parts. Get a life, otherwise seems you are no better than the terrorists, or perhaps you are one?

    January 24, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. Cold War Veteran

    "Killed at least 2 and injured 20." In the time of the Soviet Union, in translation we would multiply that by a factor of 10. It was always much worse than they would say. One thing is for sure, Russian counter-terrorist and law enforcement don't play around, from what I've heard. They will capture and kill whoever did this. They probably won't tell us much about that either.

    January 24, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Omar

      Capture and kill the suicide bomber? Good luck!

      January 24, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. Houston

    Destiny waits alike for the free man as well as for him enslaved by another's might.

    January 24, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  14. european

    Actually there are 20 and more killed according to other sources.

    January 24, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  15. Shae

    Not this time but just wait..they will screw something else up real soon.

    January 24, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
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