At least 31 people were killed
and 120 injured in an explosion at Moscow's busiest airport Monday
morning. On-the-scene testimonials and amateur video recordings are
chronicling a powerful blast leaving dead bodies strewn about Domodedovo
airport and smoke billowing throughout the arrivals hall. Immediate
suspicion is falling on separatist rebels in Russia's long-restive
Caucasus region—though no one can say with any certainty at this point.
In a televised address, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev said “At
Domodedovo an explosion has occurred, and according to preliminary
information it was a terrorist attack." Here's what reporters and
bloggers are gathering from around the web:
- Did Chechens Do It? "The most obvious suspects here would seem to be the Chechens," offers Doug Mataconis
at Outside the Beltway. "[They] have shown an ability to carry out
spectacular, and deadly, terrorist attacks throughout Russia and even in
Moscow itself many times over the past decade."
- There Are Lots of Possibilities, writes Ed Morrissey
at Hot Air: "The Russian Federation has fought a years-long war in the
Caucasus against Islamist separatists. On occasion, those groups have
staged terrorist attacks in Moscow and other parts of the country.
Those battles have been quiet lately, though, and Russia has other
sources of unrest that could have resulted in an attack. It also could
still be an accidental explosion in the terminal."
- Suicide Bombers RIA Novosti, a Russian state-owned news agency is reporting that "two suicide bombers blew themselves up as people emerged from the international arrivals zone."
- One Group Targeted "Early
suspicion has fallen on the 'Caucasus Emirate,' an Islamist separatist
movement in Chechnya, which has been held responsible for deploying two
female suicide bombers against the Moscow Metro subway system in March
2010," writes John Hayward
at the conservative magazine Human Events. "Those attacks claimed over
40 lives. Chechen separatists supposedly trained a sizable group of
'black widow' female bombers, and promised future terror attacks."
- The Nature of the Bomb "Police said they believed that about 15 pounds of explosive had been used," Will Englund
at The Washington Post reports. "Cellphone jamming devices were
activated at the airport to try to prevent more potential bombs from
- The Airport Has Had Security Problems in the Past, notes Lynn Berry
at The Associated Press: "Domodedovo is generally regarded as Moscow’s
most up-to-date airport, but its security procedures have been called
into question. In 2004, two suicide bombers were able to board planes at
Domodedovo by buying tickets illegally from airport personnel. The
bombers blew themselves up in mid-air, killing all 90 people aboard the
- Witness Testimonies “There was a bang, and
all I remember is that the shock wave pushed me to the floor. My hat
flew away, and I put my jacket over my head. Five seconds later, when
the smoke cleared, I saw people running out,” one man told the Pervy Kanal
news channel. "I heard a loud bang, saw plastic panels falling down
from the ceiling and heard people screaming. Then people started running
away," said Sergei Lavochkin to Rossiya 24 television.
- "Here's Something You Don't See in America," notes Dan Amira
at New York Magazine. He points to a remark by Russian president
Dimitri Medvedev who "admonished officials for their failure to prevent
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