MOSCOW – A suicide bomber set off an explosion that ripped through Moscow's busiest airport on Monday, coating its international arrivals terminal in blood. The attack killed at least 31 people and wounded nearly 170, Russian officials said.
The Terminal at Domodedovo Airport was engulfed by smoke and splattered with body parts after the mid-afternoon explosion that sprayed shrapnel, screws and ball bearings.
Amateur video posted on YouTube showed a pile of bodies on the floor, and other bodies scattered around. Luggage lay strewn across the ground and several small fires burned. A dazed man in a suit pushed a baggage cart through the carnage.
A man in blood-soaked clothes said he was just a few yards (meters) away from the explosion and thought he had been severely injured.
"The guy standing next to me was torn to pieces," said Artyom Zhilenkov, a 35-year-old driver. Doctors told him he had not sustained any injuries but he had been splattered by other victims' flesh and blood.
Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said the bombing was most likely carried out by a suicide bomber and "attempts were being made to identify him." The Interfax news agency, citing law enforcement sources, said the head of the suspected bomber had been found.
President Dmitry Medvedev called it a terror attack and immediately ordered authorities to beef up security at Moscow's two other commercial airports and other key transport facilities. Medvedev postponed his own planned departure Tuesday for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where he was to give the opening address on Wednesday.