From preliminary reports it looks like a deadly blast at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport was caused by a suicide bomber. The explosion ripped through the international arrivals hall, killing at least 35 people and injuring around 130.
Domededovo is Russia’s busiest airport and a major hub for flights to and from the rest of Europe. I have experience of the long queues which congregate at the immigration desks, and there must’ve been thousands of passengers in the terminal when the bomb detonated. Some eye witness accounts of the aftermath are beginning to emerge and they are horrific.
This is another attack clearly calculated to maximise loss of life and injury. Last March, 39 people were killed during a series of coordinated suicide attacks on the Moscow metro, attributed to the Chechen ’Black Widows’ group.
Female suicide bombers also blew up two aircraft, which had taken off from Domodedovo, back in 2004. Whoever is responsible for the latest atrocity, Moscow remains a prime target for murderous attacks by Caucasian terrorists.
A brief post-script. RT 's twitter feed suggests that the Russian security services "had been informed" about a possible terror attack on Domodedovo.
Quite a revelation, given the subsequent explosion. If it is true there will be serious questions about how seriously the threat was taken and what preventative measures were put in place to counteract it.
Further details are beginning to emerge. It seems that the probable attacker was a male of Caucasian appearance (in the Russian sense). The latest reports suggest that the bomb exploded in the free area of the arrivals zone, rather than beside the baggage carousel or immigration. I.e. where people come to meet passengers off flights and outside the remit of metal detectors etc.
The BBC has released footage of the aftermath of the attack. If you want to view the original tape it is here, but the video, as it unfolds, is more upsetting than the version used on the bulletin.
Further update: The news agency Ria Novosti suggests that at least two men were involved. They are both dead and there is a suspicion that they intended to leave the bomb, rather than conduct a suicide attack. An accomplice may have driven the pair to the airport.