Moscow airport attack kills dozens, countless wounded

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  1. Prinnctopher's Belt

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    By NATALIYA VASILYEVA and IVAN SEKRETAREV, Associated Press Nataliya Vasilyeva And Ivan Sekretarev, Associated Press – 6 mins ago

    MOSCOW – A suicide bomber carrying a suitcase walked into Moscow's busiest airport and set off a huge explosion Monday, killing at least 31 people and wounding nearly 170.

    The international arrivals terminal at Domodedovo Airport was engulfed by smoke and splattered with body parts after the mid-afternoon terror attack sprayed shrapnel, screws and ball bearings at passengers and workers. Hundreds of people were in the loosely guarded area at the time.

    President Dmitry Medvedev immediately ordered authorities to beef up security at Moscow's two other commercial airports and other key transport facilities. He also canceled plans to fly out Tuesday to Davos, Switzerland, where he aimed to promote Russia as a profitable investment haven to world business leaders.

    Monday's attack was most likely carried out by a suicide bomber and "attempts were being made to identify him," Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said. The Interfax news agency said the head of the suspected bomber had been found.

    No one immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion, which occurred at 4:32 p.m. (1342GMT). But Chechen militants have claimed responsibility for previous terror attacks in Moscow, including a double suicide bombing on the subway in March 2010 that killed 40 people and wounded more than 100.

    The latest attack on the Russian capital also called into question Russia's ability to safely host major international sports events like the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and the 2018 World Cup. It was the second time in seven years that terrorists had hit the Domodedovo airport: In 2004, other suicide bombers penetrated the lax security there, killing 90 people as they blew up two planes.

    Large-scale battles in Chechnya ended years ago, following two devastating wars between Russia and the republic's separatists, but Islamic militants have continued to carry out suicide bombings and other attacks. Most of the attacks have been in Chechnya and other predominantly Muslim provinces in the southern Caucasus region, but some have targeted Moscow, including its subways, buses and trains.


    Full story: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/eu_russia_airport_blast
     
  2. Hache

    Hache Well-Known Member

    This is the 3rd major one in 2 years isnt it?

    All the attacks do is incite skinhead violence against muslims in Moscow.
     
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