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. jhon doe

    AHHH yes the red neck inbred racist comments are at it again yes lets blame all the Muslims in the world for this just like any other terrorist attack cause white trailer trash people don’t do this sort of stuff and being that there are Muslims all over the world we can just blame the local brown guy for all the world problems other then the white trailer trash who cant see there own problems in America so its easier to just blame one race how sad.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Really

      Ohhh yes, the liberal loon, blind to reality, ignorant to truth, and always hates facts mentality is at it again. I’m sure you honestly want desperately to believe that it was some Tea Bagger or even better a secret sect from the Vatican that carried out this attack. Truth is we all know it was a Muslim. The only thing we don’t know is who the Muslim was, what organization they were tied to, and how long it is going to take Russia to figure out which Muslims to kill in retaliation to this attack. That is the news I am waiting for. Hopefully they will televise the attack and killing of the innocent Muslims that only want peace so you have something else to wine about.

      January 24, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • jhon doe

      Well since you put it that way please tell me which white terrorist group of people I can attack for Mr. longher grocery shooting spree or better yet how about MR timothy McVeigh’s group or better yet the Unabomber now please direct me to the white tea bagger group we should go attack to justify our actions so we can televise the beating on TV and show the real terrorist of America are the white christen tea baggers and the gun towing loving ass please help me direct my gun barrel to your face !! So that I can justify my actions.

      January 24, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really

      McVeigh; as a child was inundated with hate speech from his father, as a young adult he was tied to the Ku Klux Klan (distributing hate literature for them while traveling around with a gun show), he was a follower of William Cooper an anarchist apocalyptic hate monger, and he fashioned his goals and life around the book the “Tuner Diaries”. Attack all these groups and dispose of their carcasses; I’m 100 percent supportive of elimination of hate groups. Sorry no ties to any main stream political group.

      Loughner; Was a registered Independent, a nihilist, an atheist, a bitter individual who hated Gifford for not properly answering his question, a chauvinistic pig who was against women in power, a conspiracy theorist, who ranted about the nefarious designs of government claiming hatred for both the left and the right, as well as a psycho. I’m sure you wanted a deep tie to the Tea Party, but there is none so pull your head out from between Rachel Meadows or Keith Olbermann’s thighs whichever the case may be.

      Kaczynski; Anarchist, neo-luddite (Tree Hugger against modernization), and of course Psychopath. I guess you could go kill child prodigy, tree hugging, nut jobs if you want.

      Let’s face it you hate facts like most other loons. Mooslims carry out the majority of terrorist attacks that actually kill people; some 16 thousand attacks around the world since September 2001. Of course the majority of terrorist attacks in the US are those committed by animal rights activist and tree huggers, but these types of attacks seldom injure anyone let alone kill them. I would group McVeigh in the terrorist category with outside ties that should be culpable. I would group Kaczynski in the terrorist category with no outside ties to hold culpable. However, Loughner is too early to call. I think Sarah Palin used poor taste in her rhetoric; personally I hope she never runs for office again, way to divisive as well as being too far to the right to unite Americans.

      Back to the point; due to history Chechnyan Mooslims or some other Mooslim Group will be found culpable and punished for this attack. Fact is Chechnyan Mooslims have carried out these attacks in Russia before, they or another Mooslim group are the most likely group to carry out suicide bombings (whittie aint going to blow himself up, he just going to blow others up) , and sad but true Chechnyan Mooslims or some other Mooslim Group will carry out these types of attacks again.

      PS. Please spell check. Without spell check you remove all doubt about your being an idiot.

      January 25, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kutie

    not complaining anymore when tsa doesn't allow me to bring my bottled water!!! i'll gladly take that pat down, full body scan and whatnot...

    don't forget, Islam is a religion of peace. they don't want harm nobody!

    January 24, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. gary good

    Ok cia did it? I dont think the cia pays someone enough to blow themselves up! And any death is sad everyone has parents or children that have to live though this ....... When will we grow up?

    January 24, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. ravi

    Its very sad.crazy people.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  5. Meriska

    I can't wait to see what those Russians do when they catch who ever had this terrible idea.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. al

    what:"Simple – Chechnya wannts . Russia says no becuase of the natural resources. Fight"
    so,according to you"what" anything is justifiable because they want independence?

    January 24, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. stupid

    Mother Russia , is not USA thank GOD for that .
    We love Muslims and We don't like the Capitalism USA . We love ARABS WORLD . At least they are not double face 🙂
    And remember we did not go to Iraq War .

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

      I think your name says it all. You response was very...well look at your name. Learn proper English before posting on an English site. Okay, thanks.

      January 24, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. Robby

    This was done by a dirty muslim! all these people on here that " are sick of hearing people blame muslims" SHUT UP! Dirty Terrorist Muslims who else would do that!!!!!! ur dumb

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

    It's because Israel is occupying the Palestinian territories ! everything is because of Israel! if it wasn't for Israel....muslims would not blow themselves up....anywhere!

    January 24, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  10. nameless

    Why do you think it was Muslims?

    Because of their peacefull nature, such as they showed in Egypt by bombing the church recently.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. InfantryMarinex0311

    Okay so airport + terrorist attack = muslim ! yeah theve been doing this crap for quit some time now...
    i sit here in this crap hole everyday and kill these people..its a fun job.
    well whatever faction who did it, i congragulate on a mission sucessful, as terrorist tactics are your only means of victory..oh well idgaf – SF

    January 24, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. Kevin

    Probably not politically motivated. Likely a schizophrenic with a fixation on luggage.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  13. Name*

    Did they have a reason 2 do this or was it just a dumb attack?

    January 24, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  14. harrison Ford

    Very sorry Putin, I send all my heart felt sorrow to your country men, and the your people hurt and passed away.

    I wish I could change this for you
    Always and my best fondest regards HF

    January 24, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mia

    Thank u CNN, at least now people can see my beautiful country LATVIA on a map :))

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