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. LiberalNN

    This is terrible. My prayers and condolences to the victims of this cowardly terrorist attack.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. T.K

    Staged by the Govenment as to exort more fear and control over it people.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. Gaunt

    In the Baggage claim section? Thst is still behind security. meaning someone either got off a plane wearing explosives, or had explosives in their luggage which they reclaimed and detonated. So why didnt they detonate during the flight?

    Best guess? Bomb in luggage got through security but failed to detonate, and so was detonated manually by the terrorist when they picked it up at baggage reclaim.

    Either way it is a colossal failure of Russian security.

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

      He could have walked into the baggage claim area, although, if I remember correctly from flying in and out of there, I don't believe non-passengers are allowed into the baggage claim area. Anyone been there recently who knows the current procedure?

      January 24, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dida50

    This is a terrible thing perpetrated by a mad man/woman and speculating on which Islamic faction is responsible is totally unsubstantiated at this point. No need to speculate...someone will undoubtedly claim responsibility soon.

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

    mmm i'm just wondering if this will happend in USA sometimes soon ?

    January 24, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    Bryce, you know Christians are not that political. You also know that they don't follow the Quran, which says to kill non-Muslims. Wake up son.....Rick, you are not very bright, are you! CIA, Ha!

    January 24, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. stupid

    Dear all

    What happen is sad. But was is pathetic All your comments. First stop speculate Who did it and over on the news. We dont have any issues with AL QHAIDA. Our problem are the countries around us . We dont know who did it and we stay that way. PATHETIC U ARE ALL . So way and see We are not like U America we wait and we will know soon .

    January 24, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. Captain Obvious

    It's not even the scale of the attack that's scary. It's the way it was executed. A bomber blew up IN THE AIRPORT, not on the plane, without boarding any planes. All that security that we put in before people board is about to be taken to another level....

    January 24, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  9. civicminded

    Yay, Arabs! You guys contribute so much positivity to our world. ...losers.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. apple

    U.N should required the world to speak two or three languages. That's the only way to reduce terrorism.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Forrest

      Your stupid !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      January 24, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. stupid

    People are stupid to think is it again Muslim STUPID BLOG

    January 24, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Olessia

      I'm guessing you are muslim

      January 24, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  12. r4t5y6

    This was caused by muslims. Islam = trash.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • jhon doe

      Right next to White= Trash

      January 24, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bjorn

    It could be a lot of people, Muslim extremists included. People are quit to forget the number of years the USSR spent duking it out with Afghanistan. Could just as easily be the Chechen. I'm sure whatever intel there is in Russia knows already who it was, may have even known an attack was coming. Russia is not like most other countries with an open door policy of telling the public what it knows. Sooner or later Russia may release who is responsible, if not the international community finds out and releases it first. The list is no longer or shorter than anyone else's.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  14. fineart

    Looks like the chickens are coming home to roost.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  15. al

    it is such a treategy, condolences to all
    but the reaction on this tragedy could be tragic as well.
    just wait until somebody will start blaming Jews or USA or whomever they want to blame.
    lets wait until all facts and so far just focus on condolences

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