31 killed, 130 injured in Moscow airport terror attack

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Moscow: An explosion ripped through the international arrivals hall at Moscow’s busiest airport on January 24, killing 31 people and wounding about 130, Health Ministry officials said.

The state RIA Novosti news agency, citing sources in law enforcement, said the explosion at Domodedovo Airport may have been caused by a suicide bomber.

Moscow police were put on high alert and immediately beefed up patrols in the subway system, a previous target of terrorists.

Mark Green, a British Airways passenger, who had just arrived at the airport, told BBC television he heard the huge explosion as he was leaving the terminal.

“Literally, it shook you,” he said. “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 of whom were covered in blood.”

Green said thousands of people were in the terminal at the time of the blast.

Domodedovo is generally regarded as Moscow’s most up-to-date airport, but its security procedures have been called into question.

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