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35 People Killed As Bomb Explodes In Russia’s Busiest Airport

Jeffrey Coolidge, Getty Images
Jeffrey Coolidge, Getty Images

A bomb exploded today at Russia’s Domodedovo airport at 4:40pm Moscow time.  In addition to the 35 dead, another 130 were injured according to airport spokesperson Yelena Galanova. President Obama said in a statement the White House “strongly condemns the terrorist attack” and offered his condolences to those affected.

According to Russia’s state news agency RIA, witnesses report that the attack was carried out by two suicide bombers.  On Twitter, one purported eyewitness, Ilya Likhtenfeld, said the bomb “was not in the luggage,” but on a man standing in a crowd near a cafe.

Evgeny Khorishko, a spokesperson for the Russian embassy in Washington D.C., said it was “too early to say” who may have been responsible.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said “People were killed and injured in that blast. I have just talked to the Healthcare Ministry and Emergency Ministry… We need to do all we can to make sure that victims get immediate medical help. Many ambulances are headed for Domodedovo and I would like to express my condolences to relatives of the victims.”

Video taken inside the airport apparently minutes after the bombing shows the blast area full of smoke, with luggage scattered around the ground. Several bodies, prone and unmoving on the ground, are also visible.

See the video here.

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