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. Russian

    35 people already! Terrorism is inside the soul. DO YOU KNOW WHO ARE THE SAME AS TERRORISTS??? The taxi drivers who normally increase prices in several times for people coming to/from the airport! The security and the management of the airport!!!! The people who writes stupid comments here blamin everyone around! If you ever been "lucky enough" to pass the Israely security control in the airport – you can feel the difference !!!

    January 24, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      It's Israeli, but yes, I agree with you. Israeli security both in Israel itself and even here in the US is much more rigorous than ours, while not nearly as invasive. You get interviewed before you enter the gate area when going to Israel. They profile the passenger not the luggage. There are no full body scans over there, though one of my bags was hand searched because I had too much metal in it.

      January 24, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sulayman

    As a Muslim, I think this was a horrible act and my thoughts and prayers go out to those who were injured or killed by this. The perpetrators are doing a major sin against Islam; the Quran says murder is a hellworthy sin. I hope they catch who did this.

    I imagine this is probably Chechen terrorists, since Russia has been brutally oppressing Chechnya for decades now. It doesn't justify attacking civilians though.

    January 24, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |

    Amy asked: "I am wondering why Muslims attack Russia so much?" First of all, Russia had conflict with them (remember all former Soviet muslim republics, now Muslim Independent Countries, and war in Afganistan?). Second of all, Russians are not muslims.

    January 24, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. Laura Cleveland

    A tragedy happened, but instead of showing some sympathy, too many idiotical comments left here. If you are not capable for compassion, just refrain yourself from demonstration your stupidity to the world.

    January 24, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. KC

    After reading all of the comments on this tragedy, I have only one thing to say:

    God help us.

    January 24, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Vic4

      I have a feeling that imaginary floating things will do little to help anyone.

      January 24, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. steve

    Chechen "rebels" are real islamic jihadists. Remember Beslan, and the Moscow Opera. Those were major attacks, not small time operations.

    January 24, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. jhon doe

    @jhon doe
    Why do Muslims always make this a race war? It's not about ethnicity. There are plenty of non white people who oppose Islam. You are not convincing anyone that this is really a race war so please don't try. Cheyneyans are white and Muslim.

    It’s always about race try scrolling down a few and read some post what rock!! Have you been living under please do come out and get some sun buddy cause you been in the dark for a while now I can see. WHITE AMERICANS are always the first to generalize people and race with every attack that happens around the world so im just attacking the same white nut jobs the same way its called eye of an eye which I believe in so go back to your trailer park and fondle some little boys or shoot people in grocery stores and try to come to terms of the reality we live in.

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

    I believe there are good muslims. Imaging how they feel when people of their religion do such things. I pray for innocent people who were killed or injured and their families.

    January 24, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. amos33

    These are not suicide bombers, they are "Mass Murderers" and should be referred to as such.

    January 24, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. My name

    I m from Moscow. Sorry about mistakes. We are not The Evil Empire. You are unfair...

    January 24, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    @nectar...true. And the US especially like arming Israel's enemies. And of course this was a TERRORIST attack. Peace lovers don't go around doing this. Just like every American murdered and pilliaged by fellow American's. These atrocities are all done by terrorists. The overwhelmingly vast majority of terrorist attacks on American soil are done by American terrorists. (duh)

    January 24, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Nikolaevna

    My wishes sand prayers go out to Russia especially for the ones who lost their lives.

    January 24, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cold War Veteran

    The ignorance of many on this board is just spreading more anger and hatred. Not all Muslims are radical extremists, and not all radical extremists are Muslims. All religions have their share of fanatics capable of terrible violence. One only need glance through history to see that.

    Specifically, as most experts have stated, the more serious and pious Muslims (or any faith) are actually not the ones who involve themselves in violence. It is the fringe, the far less religiously grounded individuals that are the most likely to engage in violence and terror attacks.

    When you throw a blanket accusation on an entire religion and all those who follow it, you are only announcing that your intention is to only be a part of the problem, not the solution. You are, in effect, supporting the efforts of the terrorists, by adding to and widening the social divisions terrorism creates.

    Think about that before you announce to a public board that you subscribe to an ignorant stereotype.

    January 24, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. American man

    These crasy muslims started to come out from their caves in Irak,Afgan, etc to the real world. God bless america ,these m @#?kers from the muslim world are going to destroy this world if they are not stop now

    January 24, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • jhon doe

      @American man

      These crasy muslims started to come out from their caves in Irak,Afgan, etc to the real world. God bless america ,these m @#?kers from the muslim world are going to destroy this world if they are not stop now

      Your name fits the description of what people think about Americans STUPID!!!!!! Learn to use spell check and go back to grammar school and learn how to write a proper sentences before you post Geeezzzzz you’re an idiot!!

      January 24, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. AzHitman

    Just start nuking muslim nations they'll get the point eventually or cease to exist. It's win/win.

    January 24, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
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