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. Drago Dragotis

    Five will get you Ten that it's a muslim jihadist. Who else would do it?
    "Extremists" are usually mentioned, but you know it's just islam-there is no extreme, that's the real islam.

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

      Chechens perhaps? Flying to judgement here is counter-productive; there are other folks besides the Jihadis who are capable of making bombs. Besides isn't the jihadi's beef with "the West"?

      January 24, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mike Horn

    Terrorists are cowards. Instead of fighting armies that they are afraid of, they attack civilians. Weak, weak!

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

    Muslims suck...Islam needs to be nuked once and for all. Hit the launch button already.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. luis

    Of course it was a muslim who the hell else would do something this fricking stupid.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. NetNinja

    Such is the fate of the world. Innocent people are now the targets of extremism. With the Internet the speed of information is instant which gives instant gratification to extremist groups.

    There is nothing really anyone can do to stop this. Just hope you are never in the vicinity of the carnage.

    There is no reasoning with extremists, if you give in to them it just emboldens other groups who will do the same to bring attention to thier cause.

    Love your family, kiss them often and pray to God.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mr Duke

    Why are we so sure it was a Muslim without waiting for more information? Jews have more reason to hate Russia these days. Israel has already expressed its desire to nuke European cities if it ever feels threatened.

    "We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome. Most European capitals are targets for our air force.... We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that that will happen before Israel goes under."

    January 24, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Ethan R.

      HAHAHHAA how come on here spreading anti-Israeli hate for no reason other to cover up this tragedy caused by Muslims...your probably some 20 year old low life in your moms house, munching on cheez its and thinking of new ways to troll and spread hate to feel better about yourself.

      January 24, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. nameless

    @ Egypt Girl

    Hey narrow minded Egypt muslim girl.
    Who bombed a coptic church on their christmas celebration mass couple of weeks ago?
    Hmmm let me think..... It was muslims

    January 24, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |

    security please! On your feed. Is this what they mean. By the sleeping bear? What a wake-up!

    January 24, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar

    @Stupid....So how long have you been Stupid, stupid?.....@Austin...I know a few Russian words too.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. txguy

    Mmmm.. The only people that blows themselves up are.. muslims! So stop with timothy mcveigh and other BS. Who else likes to be suicide bombers other than muslims??

    January 24, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  11. Robby

    no one is jumping to conclusions! this is the work of a dirty muslim! it will be made public shortly!

    January 24, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. MDP

    It is all Bush's fault!

    January 24, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Will

      Your existence is inbreeding's fault.

      January 24, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Obama

      Idiot. Actually it's Obama's fault. Get out of Afgan jerk!

      January 24, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Lara

      Really? Bush isn't even in office anymore let alone that this isn't even in America. Get your facts straight before you make yourself look any more like an idiot.

      January 24, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • michaelfury

      January 24, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Monica

      Let's remember to be nice to one another a lot of innocent people got killed and injured and neither one of our Presidents is at fault. Spewing hatred against each other "as Americans" brings us to the bombers level–lets rise above that.

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

      MDP is being facetious you morons!

      January 24, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Matthew

      Yeah, its Obama and Bush's fault that Russia is in Chechnya murdering civilians.

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

      I can't stand Bush but even I know this isn't his fault. Whatever you are smoking you need to change brands.

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

      In Russia they don't put up with this kind of crap for long. Soon, one muslim town is no more.

      January 24, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Rachael M

      Palin's fault. See what happens when you put targets on a map?

      January 24, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • MuchenTuchen

      I blame Michael Bolton, Pamela Anderson, Miss Sissy, Mr. Rubenstein-the-Zionist...... and... of course... Dick Chaney.

      January 24, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Akibeel

      I wonder if Sarah Palin could see it from her house?

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

      @Obama – Didn't Bush get us into that mess? Isn't Obama fixing the mess the Bush/Cheney admin got us into by having an actual strategy and exit time line? And what does Bush or Obama have to do with this article? This explosion has to do with extremist Muslims and Russians... end of story.

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

      According to Russian Media – FSB (former KGB) knew about suicide bombing preparations by Muslim extremists the night before. Obviously, they were step behind trying to track him down in Moscow suburban town of Zelenograd. What they should have done and failed to do was they didn't issue red level of alert. Now they tightened up security measures everywhere... Too late – 35 people are dead and counting.

      January 24, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul1963

      MDP is just stupid. The explosion will raise the Russian ire and I wouldnt want to be in the way. In these days where we have to practice tolerance and indiscrimination towards our enemys, the Russians know how to handle the situation "old school". My condolences to the families of the victims and condomnation to the people responsibe for this murder.

      January 24, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jack

    Suicide bomber? Try homicide bomber. Why aren't we calling a spade a spade? A bomber like this has the death of others as their main goal, not the death of themselves. When one's desire to take the lives of others is equal to or greater than one's desire to talke their own life, that's homicide folks, not suicide. Will any news agency ever be man enough to call these incidents what they really are?

    January 24, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • not fox news

      sorry but your fox news re-labeling wont work here. everyone outside of that news outlet calls them what they are suicide bombers

      January 24, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • OMG

      I totally agree!

      January 24, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Todd

      Look up the definition of suicide. All bombers commit murder. Suicide bombers kill themselves in the process. Guess you liked W.

      January 24, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • john

      True, it is a homicide bombing. What a piece of s–t.

      January 24, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Joan Isenberg

      Hi Jack,

      It's all politics, and, they control our intelligence agencies and the media. Lots of luck.

      January 24, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • PZ

      Not this again. Every bomber is a "homicide bomber" (presuming they are targeting people and not just buildings, infrastructure, etc). Do we call someone who shoots up a shopping mall with a gun a "homicide murderer"? No, because it's redundant. "Suicide" in this case just indicates that the bomber blew themselves up along with their victims instead of planting a bomb and detonating remotely. But you can go on complaining about other news outlets not subscribing to Fox Newspeak while the rest of us focus on important matters like who did this and why and the implications.

      January 24, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • johnny33405

      i kinda like.
      it is catchy.
      who cares if it fox net style to some.
      but anyway... terrible.
      tragedy... are these terms acceptable and "fit to print"?

      January 24, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Why would you call a suicide bomber a homicide bomber when all bombings are homicide bombings? There would then be no difference between a bomber who intends on using themselves as the carrier of the weapon and every other way a bomb can be delivered. You must accept that there is a clear distinction between a suicide bombing and all other bombings. A pretty important one is that you cannot prosecute a suicide bomber.

      January 24, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      We're arguing the labeling of this attack? Wow.

      If it was just a bomb that killed people, what would we call it then? Calling it a suicide bomb is just telling the reader that the person who did it died in the attack on purpose. I gather more information as a reader that way.

      Back to the story... horrible thing that happened. I want to hear from the people responsible. How senseless.

      January 24, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • scranton

      @notfoxnews-Go push your political agenda somewhere else. Fox News hasn't anything remotely to do with this tragedy yet you are promoting your hate. Jack has a completely valid point.

      January 24, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Yes_No_Maybe

      I completely agree with Jack..excellent point! I would never guess someone would bring up this point.

      January 24, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • russian-chick

      I totally agree... suicide bombing doesn't happen in a public place with thousands of people, stay at home and kill yourself if you want to, that is def. homicide bombing!!

      January 24, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. vinny

    Bad move by whoever did this. I would guess Chechen rebels but you never know. All I can say is Russia doesnt care about Miranda rights, collateral damage, or trying to win over hearts and minds. They will find whoever did this and I truly would not want to be in their shoes. Thats going to be a huge hammer that drops

    January 24, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      There is no such a thing as Chechen REBELS. They are terrorists. This is how they would be called if it happened in US. I am so amazed at the extent Americans are brainwashed and don't want to THINK.

      January 24, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • jake64

      And that's the way to deal with such people

      January 24, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      "They will find whoever did this"
      Sure will....bits and pieces of them over there, up there, right there......

      January 24, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  15. Spanish Inquisition

    One thing that I still think is so rotten in the US, is that anyone can walk up to the baggage claim area ! Not just people who pick up family, friends and visitors. Anyone can go there. I've seen it multiple airports !!! Why doesn't homeland security do something about that issue ? It will invite thieves and even worse folks.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Sigh

      So you want TSA-sponsored scanners and pat downs at airport exits too? No one will freak out about that, no one at all.

      January 24, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • so what?

      what would u like homeland security to do? i mean other than requiring a second security check at the door to the airport because thats what your asking for...

      January 24, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • TriResa

      Full on security won't stop suicide bombers, gunmen, or stinky people. They'll find someplace else to terrorize that isn't all secure.

      January 24, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      You obviously don't understand the point of security at airports. Planes are extremely vulnerable while flying. Had this guy done this on a plane he would have killed hundreds. There is no more of a need for security at airports than there is at shopping malls. We can't protect every place that people congregate but we can protect the most vulnerable – planes flying at 30,000 feet.

      January 24, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Stoney

      Isreal starts inspecting vehicles and people something like 10 miles out at multiple checkpoints as travelers approach the airport. But if we start doing that, terrorists will just blow up the checkpoints, so nothing is foolproof.

      January 24, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Blue Person Group

      Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.

      This happened in Russia. How do you know what security is like in their baggage claim area? Your description fits American airports pretty well, but I've never flown into Moscow, and I doubt that you have, either.

      In any case, this was probably a "soft target," like train stations, subways, or as we saw recently, shopping malls. The US has committed inordinate resources to the TSA, which has captured almost one terrorist, while leaving us totally exposed at tens of thousands of other places. This tells me that the threat is minimal. Not only do terrorists not strike at our airports, they don't strike anywhere else, either, even though there is minimal security. Other than the buffoon who tried to detonate a few bags of fertilizer in Times Square, the Islamic threat has not really materialized here.

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