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Moscow explosion at Domodedovo airport: The search begins for who's responsible

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(Read caption) Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (r.) holds a meeting with Investigative Committee chief Alexander Bastrykin (l.) and chief prosecutor Yuri Chaika (c.) following an explosion at Domodedovo airport, in the Gorki residence outside Moscow, Monday, Jan. 24. Medvedev ordered authorities to beef up security at Moscow's two other commercial airports and other key transport facilities, including the subway system, the target of past terror attacks.

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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.

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.


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