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. CommonSense

    Thank you Todd for using common sense like getting the facts etc. BooYah doesn't know things like that. He can't help it....he didn't get an education plus his parents are siblings! This is why incest is so wrong!

    January 24, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. muslims do suck..

    totally agreed!

    January 24, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. Eduard Dallas

    Just from Domodedovo, the police, special services is a lot of medical aid cars, firemen. Speak that airport works in a regular mode, but my flight is postponed. People in shock, nobody discusses an event, all simply are silent in catalepsy... Has calmed nerves vodka.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. I'm the dude

    Do you think earth is a TV show on another planet? Tonight at 8, the hit TV show "How NOT to colonize a planet"

    January 24, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx .

    Everyone's blaming Bush when they know it's Palins fault everything is Pallins fault when I fart it's Palins fault .

    January 24, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. Russian

    Dear friends,

    Whoever it was, he(she) has no nation. Don't you know that Chechen and Dagestan "rebels" have been killing their own people for years on their own homeland? They don't care about killings and nations and ages..

    What really bothering me is security ignorance. People are the same everywhere. Only after explosions or attacks they start to do something and then forget it again...

    January 24, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      @Russian, I don't see your point and I don't think world see your point either. Russia has been opressed those tiny countries for years. Here is a hince for you, let them gain independent and closed or secured your borders. Remember Lituania, Estonia, Latvia,....they strugled for years to gain their independence. Estonia just removed one of your soldier statue, and what costed them? almost their lives! Remember during the Communist Era, your Iron Fists have reached into Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos.

      January 24, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Drago Dragotis

    Heh, CNN is so politically correct they deleted my post- just sayin'; "extremism" is the real islam.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. zorn

    Russia going too try to blame it on Ukraine so they can go to war with them over oil pipe line

    January 24, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • nectar

      Go check your head ASAP, its messed up too much

      January 24, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      @Zorn, No Ukraine is too strong, and they do have NATO back them up. Russia will go to war with Estonia or Latvia. Maybe Vatican.

      January 24, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tewrobert

    I guess islam is back in business again ...what you gonna do now putin? Do you think its over that little bit of money you owe Iran? Dont never underestimate your muslims.........Might be a little pay back ........

    January 24, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jon heimer

    Why are all of arguing like children? Instead of arguing maybe you should be thinking about the 30 people who are dead because of this tragedy. Just saying.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. dim

    Video supposedly from the airport immediately after explosion

    January 24, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  12. Tesa

    We should help them find these terrorists and should be building alliances instead of lending our American hand to further this ongoing destruction.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  13. Vladimir

    January 24, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  14. David G

    We know who did it!- 99% of muslims may not be terrorists ; but 99% of terrorists are muslims
    Lets wait and see if there is any comdemnation my so called "moderate muslims"- dont hold you breath

    January 24, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  15. Eke

    guys, people who are commenting with jokes, it's not funny. i live in moscow, and it's a terrible shock. especially after all of what happened in March. i personally travel in that airport myself, and i'm terrified me or any people i know will be hurt by another terrorist attack. so don't say stuff like "in soviet russia, baggage claims you". because it's not funny. maybe for you, but it's a terrible thing to say, and everyone i know here is scared and shocked.

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