Moscow’s Domodedovo airport was in chaos yesterday as a suicide bomber killed 35 people and injured scores in a suspected terror attack
An bomb explosion in Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport – the busiest airport in the Russian capital – caused 35 deaths and 128 injuries last night.
The incident took place at 4.30pm local time in the international arrivals hall, just 42km from the city centre.
UK Foreign Secretary William Hague says: ‘I condemn the mindless act of terrorism that took place at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport. Such acts can have no justification and serve no purpose.’
President Dmitry Medvedev has vowed to track down and punish those behind the attack and has ordered tighter security at Russian transport hubs.
It is thought Islamist militants from the North Caucasus were behind the bombing as an act of revenge for recent anti-militant operationsand the killing of Pakhrudin Gadzhiyev, suspected of organizing suicide attacks, in Dagestan last Friday.
British Airways and BMI, which fly to the airport, had yet to confirm the safety of all passengers who arrived shortly before the blast erupted, while David Cameron offered Britain’s complete support in dealing with the terror attack.
BA passenger, Mark Green, who had just arrived at the airport said the explosion ‘literally shook you’. ‘As we were putting the bags in the car a lot of alarms were going off and people started flowing out of the terminal, some covered in blood,’ he said.
As detectives analyzed CCTV footage to establish who was responsible, opposition politicians were asking why it was apparently so easy for the bombers to pass through security.