Prime Minister Vladimir Putin vowed revenge in his Cabinet address in response to the suicide bombing that killed 35 people at a Moscow airport on Monday, Jan. 24, at 4:40 p.m. (Moscow time) in the Domodedovo Airport, the largest airport in the capital city.
The explosion, which occurred in the baggage claim area, also injured 180 other civilians. The suicide bomber hung around the arrival area for about 15 minutes before detonating the handmade bomb. The bomb was stuffed with metal objects to increase the shrapnel during the blast.
Suspicion first fell on Islamist separatists from Chechnya who have been battling Russia for over 15 years.
The man who emerged as the initial suspect, Vitaly Razdobudko, lived in southern Russia and was converted to Islam by an ethnic Russian imam. He was connected with the Islamist militant group Nogaisky Dzhamaat and a previous explosion, in which a female suicide bomber accidentally blew herself up. At this time, airport officials are being blamed for the breach in security. President Medvedev demanded new longer checks of passengers and baggage at all major transportation centers.
Student Mackenna Bowles ’14 was shaken by the impact of the terrorist threat. “It is a very sad event. It is horrible that terrorism is still spreading across all parts of the world.”