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. Yelena

    That is for sure...

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

    Not nessarsarrily Muslims, the russians do have there problems w/ chechen terrorist

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

      Chechens terrorists happen to be muslims, but that is just a coincidence.

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

      They are your homework

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

      Many of the 911 hijackers were trained in Chechnya. Most of the rest were trying to get there until they were given another assignment...

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

      Gorilla, we trained a lot of the 911 terrorists right here in the US, at a small flight training school (I think it was outside San Diego, but I'm not sure).

      January 24, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |

      911 hijackers were trained at a flight school in Florida.

      January 24, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • lee s

      @kasey, you are correct,it was in FLA.

      January 24, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Gorilla

      They were fighters in Chechnya before that. Most likely that is where they killed before and became comfortable with killing scores of innocents.

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

      Gorilla shut up retard! No one of them was trained in Chechnya simply because there is no such facility for that. Chechens are very friendly and peacefull people, unless you come with weapon to their country.

      January 24, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • kasey

      Gorilla, Chechens are not associated with Al Qaeda. Different segment of Islam. Chechens have been fighting for their independence from Russia. Not condoning their methods, but they have their reasons.

      January 24, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Get a life

      Kasey, don't even try it, I have been to Iraq 3 times, and I can't say I enjoyed the experience, there were a NUMBER of not just Chechnian trained fighters there, but ethnic Chechnians themselves. We lost a few good Soldiers to an Ethnic Chech sniper who cut his teeth fighting agaisnt the Russians, so take your high mindedness and grow up before you say squat.

      January 24, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. mich

    You sir are an I-diot

    January 24, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. bailoutsos

    Anyone think that humans could stop killing each other for one day?

    January 24, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Simon

      I wish so. There is always someone's wrong!

      January 24, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Kathy

      Second that!

      January 24, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • lee s

      With the world population at 7 billion its not nearly enough...

      January 24, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. Fred

    European papers report 31 dead and 120+ injured. Looks very bad.

    January 24, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. xRIVERx

    I see what you did there. Going on the defensive before people can attack. How's that working out for you? Moron.

    January 24, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. Matt @Serge

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

    January 24, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Right

      There is a "Reply" button for a reason...

      January 24, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. BFlinch83

    Why? Did Sarah Palin put a cross hair on the airport??

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

      Again, is there something wrong with you?

      January 24, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. vlad q.

    We can't jump to conclusions that it was the muslims. their are other terrorist factions in russia.

    January 24, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • KPO'M

      Let's not jump to conclusions. There are lots of nationalist threats inside Russia, so all of them will need to be considered unless someone claims responsibility for the blast. Make no mistake, though, this kind of threat is real, and it isn't something that adding another security line is going to prevent.

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

      Most likely Chechens, who are Muslim, although not tied to Al Qaeda.

      January 24, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Ethan R.

      Give me a break.....It is 100% Islamic so sick and tired of hearing about the religion of "peace"...

      January 24, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Chechen

      This has nothing to do with the religion! The problem is Russia's policy towards neighbour contries

      January 24, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. MDDon

    Not clear whether the victims are Russians or others, but the willful killing of innocent civilians is a tragedy no matter where it occurs.

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

    Indeed it was, however they can't read muslim n_n

    January 24, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. Derp

    Sad story bro. At least it wasnt a sledder.

    January 24, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jimbo Jones

    He knows they were Muslim because nobody else blows up airports and other areas containing large concentrations of non-Muslims with such alarming frequency. Wake up and see the problem.

    January 24, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • adam

      I'm an atheist so I have no dog in this race, I just think jumping to conclusions is foolish.

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


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

      I am wondering why Muslims attack Russia so much

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

      For people who are so holy they sure do kill alot of people. If it wasn't a muslim it was most likely made to look as if it was a muslim. But regardless of the religion or standing of the people, there are some radical people out there!

      January 24, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      Me too Amy, Russia is such an innocent country.

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

      Why do you think it was Muslims?

      January 24, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • what

      Chechens attack Russia on a regular basis. It's not really a surprise

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

      Probably Chechen. Chechen = Muslim, although not the same as Al Qaeda, but I'm not sure most of the people posting realize the distinction.

      January 24, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Gorilla

      Al Qaeda certainly does have its network in Chechnya. In fact, that is one of its main theaters.

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

      What I am saying is that this is not a random religious disagreement, it is a territorial disagreement. They want these Chechens want is Chechnya as a separatist republic, and Russia is the invader in their eyes. They want the invader out. This is not the same thing as our problems with Muslim extremists. I'm not saying they're any better, just not the same.

      January 24, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Sturla Molden

      Not many Americans realize this, but Al Qaeda as an organization does not exist. It is just a label we use on armed, militant, angry sunni muslims, those with ugly beards in particular. Chechen militants are frequently described as Al Qaeda, at least in European media.

      January 24, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      @Kasey, absolutely correct! Russia has 6million sq miles and with only 145million people. They better becarful who they are engaging war with. Not alots of countries surround them are happy with them.

      January 24, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • ana

      Why do everyone think it muslim? because islam is a terrorist religion, 99% of terrorists in the world are muslims. Can somebody prove me wrong please?

      January 24, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • What is this I don't even

      Citation please??? 99%. . . .please. Ignorant bigots are the biggest cause of the world's problems, and as you have just proven, they come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

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

      If the Muslims are terrorists, why the Bush family and Bin-ladan family are friends? Doesn't seem that the problem is another thing?

      January 24, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim from BC

      I'm pretty sure the onus is on you to prove yourself right when you make a statement like that.

      January 24, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • jhon doe

      Actually 99.1 percent of the world terrorist are Americans who drop bombs and kill innocent people every day you just are two Dum to realize that or see that cause you get your news from a remote control try doing some research and the truth of the reality might scare you yes I know so if you don’t want the truth I suggest you shut up and go back to watching American idol and stay in the dark as your nation would like you to be in.
      P.S hope that answered your question .

      January 24, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Probably so, but I noticed some Russians are blaming Georgians this time (orthodox Christians)

      January 24, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Ramona

      Common Sense tells you it was muslims. WHO seems to be the only people killing nowadays????

      January 24, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • what

      Simple – Chechnya wannts independence. Russia says no becuase of the natural resources. Fight

      January 24, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Bryce

      Its always just funny how when they were attacks in the Balkins and Northern Ireland, no one was yelling &#%$ Christians....

      January 24, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • MikeyG

      Because its Catholics vs Protestants and this has been going on for a long time. They dont go around blowing everyone up, they just go after each other.

      January 24, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Violone1

      It could be the Chechens. Russia has had issues with their struggles for political independence, and they have been known to use violence.

      January 24, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. Lynn

    Shark, you are an idiot. People like you are, well just not very educated and that is sad. Keep your negative political comments to yourself and focus on the issue. Terrorism and people killed is a sad event and story anywhere it happens. Stop being a jerk.

    January 24, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  15. KPO'M

    I've been worried about this kind of attack (outside the security zone) for a long time, and sadly it looks like it has happened. If anything, all the "security" we've added has made us more vulnerable to attacks in departure and arrival halls since there are bigger crowds of people waiting to get past the TSA and their overseas equivalents.

    January 24, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
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