Cops in Moscow think they’ve found the head of the suicide bomber who blew up the city’s busiest airport today, killing 35 people and wounding at least 168 others. As a Russia Today talking head puts it, it’s “the head of a man wth an Arabic appearance.” The mid-afternoon (Moscow time) attack “sprayed shrapnel, screws and ball bearings at passengers and workers,” says the AP. Oh, boy, can’t wait for the 2018 World Cup in Moscow.
Pretty good amateur video here, via the Telegraph (U.K.)
Other airports around the world are freaking out.
This isn’t the first time the Domodedovo Airport has been blasted by terrorists. The AP has more background:
The latest attack on the Russian capital also called into question Russia’s ability to safely host major international sports events like the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and the 2018 World Cup. It was the second time in seven years that terrorists had hit the Domodedovo Airport: In 2004, suicide bombers penetrated the lax security there, killing 90 people as they blew up two planes.
Large-scale battles in Chechnya ended years ago, following two devastating wars between Russia and the republic’s separatists, but Islamic militants have continued to carry out suicide bombings and other attacks. Most of the attacks have been in Chechnya and other predominantly Muslim provinces in the southern Caucasus region, but some have targeted Moscow, including its subways, buses and trains.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 24, 2011