Moscow: A Bomb designed to inflict heavy casualties was detonated inside Russia’s Domodedova airport on Monday. President Dmitri Medvedev says it appears to have been a terrorist attack.
The deadly explosion at Russia’s busiest airport on Monday night left 35 dead and over 150 injured.
Speaking on Russian TV, he called for added security at all of Moscow’s airports, and announced an emergency meeting of security chiefs at the Kremlin. Medvedev expressed condolences for the victims and their families.
Medvedev said, “We need to make sure that all those who suffered get the required support.”
Authorities are quoted as saying the explosion occurred in the crowded entrance area of the international arrivals terminal.
Russian TV says the suicide bomber packed a homemade device containing metal objects to make it that much more deadly.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs delivered a statement from President Obama condemning the attack.
“Michelle and I offer our deepest condolences to the Russian people who have suffered greatly at the hands of terrorism, we share your sorrow and a resolve to stand with you in our common fight against those who use terrorism for their political goals.”
The Domodedova airport is closed to international arrivals, which are being diverted to Moscow’s other airports, but departing flights are operating normally.