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Reports are streaming out of Russia that an explosion has killed 30-plus people and wounded many more at Moscow’s Domodedovo International Airport.
According to the New York Times, the explosion occurred in the arrivals hall at around 4:32 p.m. local time. Msnbc adds that the explosion “took place in the lounge area near the airport’s Asia Cafe.” The cause of the explosion has not yet been confirmed, but Russian officials are treating it as a terrorist attack. This is all relevant because the explosion seems to have taken place within the secure area of the arrivals hall.
Russian President Dimitry Medvedev said airport security will be tightened immediately.
The BBC reports, “BBC security correspondent Gordon Corera said immediate suspicion about Monday’s attack would fall on militants from the Caucasus region,” and noted that, “Last March the Russian capital’s underground system was rocked by two female suicide bombers from Russia’s volatile Dagestan region [in the north Caucasus region], who detonated their explosives on the busy metro system during rush hour, killing 40 people and injuring more than 80.”
So far, there is no sign of security being tightened here in the U.S. in response to the blast.
**Upate: The New York Times is now reporting the explosion occurred in a public, non-secure area.