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. Jim Nazium

    Those wacky peace-loving Muslims are at it again!!!!! Come on Obama....kiss their butts some more.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Sutler

      *Cues the song, Chocolate Rain*

      January 24, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Loughner is a white, so all whites are haters and have psychotic problem? A Muslim governor in Kashmir was recently assassinated by his Muslim body guard because he spoke against the blasphemy law.

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

      God Bless!! You are absolutely right! and he put a good front, thinks he's fooling people, who can't till he leaves the office! Please people like him because he's black, and thats exactly who voted for him. No offence to anyone i understand a black president is a big deal, but here we are, now what?? he hasn't been much better than others, except Bush.

      January 24, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • W. Mounir

      I would like to find out first if it is an aslamic terrorist attack or not, but is it is, I would definitely agree with your statement.
      Thanks. W. Mounir

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

      There's nothing in the article about Muslims.

      January 24, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • ysidero

      The only President who kissed a Muslim is Dubya. And in public, too!

      January 24, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sky

    Now us Americans should expect an announcement from Napalitono on how we're "ramping up security" and forcing all citizens to be viewed naked by some sicko behind a wall.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. serenitydd

    putin did it

    January 24, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Pavel

      You have gone mad! At people a grief! Was lost more than 70 persons! Wake up! It is gained by separatists on money from the Arabian funds.

      January 24, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. Tony

    Anyone thinking about going to Russia for the Sochi Winter Olympics or The Soccer Champoinship is NUTS!

    January 24, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • NikGuest

      You damn right! They should't have been awarded the right to host these games in the first place!!!

      January 24, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Stoney

      No way am I going to russia...I'm going to the middle east four years later...wait, what? That's where the people who do these things come from? How did THEY get the WC? oh, I know. The same reason anything in this world happens -$$$$$$$$$$$.

      January 24, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • justin

      I agree. My wife and I loved the Vancouver Winter Olympics and went and saw the exhibit on Sochi. It looked beautiful but we are sitting this one out and I didn't meet another American that was even considering it.

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

      @Stoney – Despite the fact that the WC is going to be in the Middle East, it is being held in Qatar. Other than the UAE Qatar is one of the most "westernized" countries there. As a matter of fact it'll be Doha where it is held, right next to the Vilagio Mall (Awesome Mall BTW) and the preparation they put into it was astonishing. I say good for them!

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

      people like you spread fear. why? what`s wrong with Sochi?

      January 24, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |

    We have enemies from all 15 former Soviet republics. But those just people who didn't like to live under Russsian Communism. Belorussia, for exemple like to be independent and it still communistic country, but they are not crazy like some people from former Soviet Muslim Republics.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. DavePeter

    Got to be Terrorist... chechens....

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

      I agree 100%.

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

    if gangs look for each other.than why can't we know where these people live. And clean up instead of pointing the finger at each other.or 666

    January 24, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. muslim

    this is terrorist act !!!!!!

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

      Thank you Captain Obvious. And here I thought this was how they celebrated birthdays in Russia.

      January 24, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • truefax

      @Todd, that has to be one of the most inappropriate but laugh out loud comments i've read.

      January 24, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mort Goldberg

    At noon today all Muslims will self-explode........the world will be such a better place. I cannot wait.

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

      @Mort Goldberg, yep all the Steins', Bergs', Mans' will go along with them too. YeeHaaaaaaaaa!

      January 24, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Steinbergman


      January 24, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • DG08

      Yep, that's clearly the issue. Clearly every single Muslim on the planet is devoted to killing people. Lemme guess, you're christian? Typical religious stupidity. Go join Westboro while you're at it

      January 24, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  10. Stoney

    Arguing on a blog post is like participating in the Special Olympics. You may win, but you are still retarded. Way to deflect from the true tragedy here by posting inane BS. Bravo.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  11. awae

    Yo can u guys stfu, y does it have to be muslims and u guys jst dnt realize how stupid u guys are so stfu.

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

      If only you took the time to write things out a bit more properly, your point might be better made.

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

      Wow, this must be important to you. You almost took the time to write out a few complete words.

      January 24, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Christopher

      Uh, why does it have to be muslims? Because 99 times out of a 100 it is. The Russians have their problem with terrorist also.

      January 24, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Perfect

      Well, you don't see Catholics, Jews or Buddhists strapping bombs to their asses do you?

      January 24, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • NM1957

      For those who are complaining that we are 'rushing to judgement', consider this – transportation hubs and vehicles are the first choice of Muslim terrorists. I really doubt this was done by the Danish Boy Scouts or the Sri Lankan Spider Collectors Society. If you don't like the 'religion of peace' thought of immediately when this happens, be proactive, clean up your act and join the rest of the civilized world...

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

      Do you call what you wrote English?

      January 24, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • jhon doe

      Mr. Perfect

      Well, you don't see Catholics, Jews or Buddhists strapping bombs to their asses do you?

      No but we do know they like to strap other things to little boys ass thats for sure .

      January 24, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jhon doe

    Don’t worry people don’t get your brown stained panties all ruffled this is just a local terrorist problem like many other countries have there local terrorist like for example: Hamas,hezbohlla and the cheinchians these are local government problems in there country due to still fighting for freedom if you think about it really only threat as global terrsiosm is really AL Qaida and they haven’t been heard for a while so go back to drinking coffee and worry about the real crazies in America which are the white people there the ones who are real terrorist or should I say domestic terrorist shooting people in grocery stores, Police station and gods knows where else and that’s the main problem we should be focused on here in America .

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

      I agree. This isn't another country coming in and blowing up the airport. This is most likely some local nut job who couldn't get his meds. I'm far more afraid of my fellow American than some foreign terrorist. It's a shame that we live this way and go to such measures to protect Americans from foreign terrorists when the biggest threats are right in our own back yards.

      January 24, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. Macleod2012

    May mercy be with those that survived and instant retaliation for those that perished....

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

    these idiots are nothing more than gang members with lots of hight powered weapons! we should find and kill everyone of them, not capture just kill.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. DJ

    It's like these people are asking for Putin to wipe them off the map

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