Many dead in Moscow airport blast

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Monday's attack at Moscow's Domodedovo airport.

Many dead in Moscow airport blast

At least 35 people were killed at Russia's busiest airport on Monday in a suspected blast, state TV said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Monday's attack at Moscow's Domodedovo airport.

Medvedev, due to open the World Economic Forum on Wednesday, delayed his departure to the Swiss city of Davos and was due to hold a meeting with his security services on Tuesday. On Monday he vowed to track down and punish those behind the blast.

Russian media reports gave conflicting information about the identity of the suspected bomber, or whether there might have been more than one attacker.

The dead included some foreigners at Moscow's Domodedovo airport.

Dense smoke filled Domodedovo's international arrivals hall and a fire burned along one wall.

"Taxi drivers lined up in the arrivals hall were blown up. Pieces of their bodies covered us and my left ear doesn't hear very well at all," Artyom Zhilenkov, 30, told Reuters as he pointed to pieces of human flesh on his coat.

Thick drops of blood were scattered across the snow-covered tarmac outside the arrivals hall, where Interfax news agency said traces of shrapnel were found.

Two Britons were among the dead, media cited investigative committee spokesman Vladimir Markin as saying, and French, Italians, and Germans were in hospitals, though this could not be immediately confirmed with their embassies. Planes from across Europe had landed in the half hour leading up to the attack.

"I heard a loud boom... we thought someone had just dropped something. But then I saw casualties being carried away," a check-in attendant who gave her name as Elena told Reuters at Domodedovo, which is some 22 km (14 miles) southeast of Moscow.

The prosecutor's office said the bomb had been classified as a terrorist attack -- the largest since twin suicide bombings on the Moscow metro rocked the Russian heartland in March.

"The blast was most likely carried out by a suicide bomber".

State television said the blast was the work of a "smertnik", or suicide bomber. State-run RIA, quoting Markin, said the bomber most likely had a belt laden with explosives.

Medvedev wrote on Twitter: "Security will be strengthened at large transport hubs."

Some commentators have already pointed towards insurgents in the Muslim Caucasus as being behind Monday's attack.


Agencies

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