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. luis

    muslims for centuries have been polluting the minds of their people and for what to raise a child thinking it ok to kill inocent people over some stupid book!!

    January 24, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. Turd Ferguson

    What?

    January 24, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. Erik J

    I can't believe so many of you are making jokes about this or demonizing people so easily. Bush, Obama, hell, even Fox News, who cares? None of them have anything to do with this and 31 innocent people just died, for what? Some stupid message that a radical terrorist group is trying to get out? Each of these 31 people had families, friends, colleagues that cared about them. Don't take this kind of thing so lightly, haven't we all learned anything yet? And for the record, I'm an American, not all of us take matters such as these with such a grain of salt.

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

    in all airports in the world, baggage clain area is within the secured zone, so passengers pick up their baggages before meeting anybody, they should be applied to the domestic terminals as well.

    January 24, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. True American

    The lack of christian values promoted by the godless people like Obama amd Putin led to this tragedy.
    Those who do not embrace our God should be placed in reeducation camps.

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

      what is "our God"? did someone establish a god for this country? as a "true american" you should know that there is a freedom of religion in this country

      January 24, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. My opinion

    All i have to say is religion we be the death of us all. We as a whole need to wake up and realize that most of the worlds religions come from the same based. The extremists of all the religions don't care about that though, they only care about them selfs. In the end i think religion is important but we shouldn't let it be the death of us all. We need to respect everyone's own believes. We need to stop arguing who's religion is the right one because they are all right in the end.

    January 24, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. boo its monday

    Thats what Russia gets for invading another country the chechens don't wanna be ruled by Russia

    January 24, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      they did not invade Chechnya, it is a part of Russian Federation, do not speak of things that you have no knowledge of...

      January 24, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. jhon doe

    Guess someone did not agree to the baggage fee!!! and tune in later in the after noon as the TSA announces new security protocols every will have to travel naked ahh yes to make sure that we are all safe you will also need to get scanned before you drop off you baggage at your local baggage claim. Have Nice Day: 0

    January 24, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. BooYah

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    January 24, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dave D

    the religion of peace strikes again; read your history... this has nothing to do with the US involvement in Afghanistan. muslims were fighting the Russians long before 911, Afghanistan or Iraq... Americans cannot grasp the idea that we have been at war (a true world war) with islam since 1979.

    January 24, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  11. cheese

    its sad what happen and you guys are pathetic

    January 24, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  12. MikeBell

    Russia has to get serious about Iran and its sponsorship of terrorism and its covert funding of groups that create instability in other countries.

    January 24, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  13. johnrj08

    No matter how much Russia helps Iran, they still can't keep the terrorists away.

    January 24, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. 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 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • kasey

      Agreed, Pavel. If I had an embassy nearby I'd take flowers there to show our sympathy. We should join together against terrorist acts such as this, no matter what country or past differences we may have had.

      January 24, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  15. Redwing

    Minutes after the blast posted on YouTube. Warning: if you don't like to see a bunch of dead people don't watch. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdA9rk_pXQk

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