At 4:40 p.m. an explosion has occurred at Domodedovo Airport in Moscow, Russia’s Investigative Committee said. Domodedovo is located about 14 miles southeast of Moscow, and the airport’s website says it’s the largest and busiest of the airports in the capital.
The explosion occurred at the baggage claim area at the international arrivals section of the airport and killed more than 30 people and injured around 120 others, according to the news agency.
Footage from inside Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport showed several police in a smoke-filled section of the airport.
One of the passengers of British Airways who had just arrived at the airport, told BBC television he heard the huge explosion as he left the terminal.
“Literally, it shook you,” he said. “As we were putting the bags in the car a lot of alarms … were going off and people started flowing out of the terminal, some of whom were covered in blood.”
There were several bodies lying on the floor, and video from another part of the airport showed paramedics rushing by with people on stretchers.
CNN is seeking details on the Russian Investigative Committee report that terrorists are res ponsible for the explosion.
A suicide bomber was responsible for the blast at Domodedovo, Russian state TV reported. The station said the handmade bomb was stuffed with metal objects to increase shrapnel from the explosion.
As police went on high alert around the capital city, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called security chiefs to an emergency meeting at the Kremlin to discuss the situation.
Built in 1964, Domodedovo is located 26 miles (42 kilometers) southeast of the center of Moscow and is the largest of the three major airports that serve the Russian capital, serving over 22 million people last year. It is generally regarded as Moscow’s most up-to-date airport, but its security procedures have been called into question.
Now flights destined for Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport are being redirected to other airports in Moscow, either Sheremetyevo or Vnukovo, according to Russian TV.
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said he was “deeply disturbed” by the reported terror attacks. “I strongly condemn it,” he said on Twitter. “NATO and Russia stand together in the fight against terrorism.”
President 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. He said the explosion demonstrated that security regulations had been breached.
Medvedev postponed his planned Tuesday departure for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where he was to give the opening address on Wednesday.