Moscow explosion at Domodedovo airport: The search begins for who's responsible
Moscow explosion: Experts say the explosion, which killed at least 35, will likely be traced to Russia's volatile north Caucasus region, where political murders, bombings, and kidnappings occur almost daily.
A huge blast, reportedly triggered by a suicide bomber, hit Moscow's busiest airport Monday afternoon, killing at least 35 people and injuring over 130.Skip to next paragraph
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The bomb, which Russian news agencies said was equivalent to seven kilograms (15.4 pounds) of TNT, went off just after 3 p.m. in the crowded arrivals area of Domodedovo airport. Domodedovo is used as a Russia gateway by British Airways, Lufthansa, Cathay Pacific, El Al, and many airlines of former Soviet countries.
The domestic section of Domodedovo is the main arrival point for flights from Russia's troubled southern regions, including the north Cacasus.
A 'knot' of problems in north Caucasus
A high-ranking Russian security official told the independent Interfax agency that the explosion was caused by "terrorism," possibly originating in a flight from the north Caucasus.
Leonid Mlechin, an independent journalist who covers security issues, says the return of terrorism to Moscow shows that Russian security forces have failed to address the lessons of past terrorist attacks.
"This is a serious failure of special services," he says. "No one can carry out such acts alone. He needs to be trained, equipped, and supported by an organized group. Our intelligence services have clearly not been able to catch these groups."
He adds: "Our society just does not recognize the seriousness of the situation in the north Caucasus. There is a knot of problems, and every year they are not dealt with they grow and become more difficult to solve."