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Monday, January 24, 2011

At least 31 killed in apparent suicide blast at Moscow airport

Update at 10: 57 a.m. ET An apparent suicide bombing at Moscow's busiest airport has killed at least 31 people and injured at least 130, according to the Russian Health Ministry, Russia Today reports. There are reports that the bomb was packed with shrapnel, RT reports.

CAPTIONBy Pavel Golovkin, AP
Heavy smoke at the scene of the blast has hampered the search by emergency workers for more victims, a ministry spokesperson says, according to RT.

Airport workers have broken down a brick wall near the luggage claim area to let the passengers leave the area.

Earlier postings: The Russian Investigative Committee is treating the incident as a terrorist act and has opened a criminal case in the matter, Vladimir Markin of the Investigative Committee tells Interfax.

Update at 9:35 a.m. ET: At least 23 people have been killed and 130 injured in an apparent suicide bombing at a Moscow airport, the Russian media reports, according to the Associated Press.

Earlier posting: At least 10 people have been killed and scores injured in an apparent suicide bombing at Moscow's Domodedovo airport, the Russian media reports.

The Interfax News Agency, quoting unidentified medical sources, says at least 10 people were killed. It quotes the Russian Investigative Committee as saying at least 20 people were injured in the explosion at Russia's busiest airport.

Interfax says the explosion occurred in the airport luggage area of international arrivals.

Russia Today says Moscow police have been put on alert for possible terror attacks in the capital.

RT also reports that international flights are being redirected to other Moscow area airports.

It says more than 20 emergency teams are already on the scene at the airport about 25 miles southeast of Moscow and that hospitals have put 170 places on standby to handle the injured.


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