World leaders issue their usual expressions of sorrow and outrage (not reproduced below; why bother?) — but what will they end up doing to try to prevent another attack like this? Not much in the way of actual focus on the real perpetrators. “‘I will kill you all’: at least 35 die in Moscow airport bombing,” by Maria Antonova and Stuart Williams for AFP, January 25:
A suicide bomber shouted ”I will kill you all” before triggering the deadly blast that killed at least 35 people at Russia’s Domodedovo airport, according to media reports.
The bomber carrying a suitcase walked into Moscow’s busiest airport and set off a huge explosion today in the packed arrivals hall, in an attack slammed by the Kremlin and the world as an act of terror.[…]
The Emergencies Ministry said 35 people were killed, 86 hospitalised with injuries and 94 were given medical treatment.
The Guardian reported that up to 168 people were injured, many of them critically.
Witnesses said the bomber shouted: ”I will kill you all”, before triggering the blast that sent ball bearings and shrapnel across the airport, The Independent reported on its website on Tuesday.
America’s CBS News said a man in blood-soaked clothes said he was just a few metres away from the explosion and saw a man who may have been the suicide bomber.
”I saw the suitcase, the suitcase was on fire,” Artyom Zhilenkov, a 35-year-old driver, told CBS.
”So, either the man blew up something, or something went off on the man’s body, or the suitcase went off.”
Mr Zhilenkov said he thought he had been severely injured, but doctors told him he was coated in other victims’ blood.
”The guy standing next to me was torn to pieces,” he said.
CBS correspondent Mark Phillips also said the bomber shouted: ”I will kill you all” just before he detonated his explosives[.]
Russian investigators found a head of “Arab appearance” that is presumed to have belonged to the suicide bomber, Interfax said.
According to preliminary information, the bomber was a resident of the overwhelmingly Muslim Northern Caucasus region, Interfax said….
The Russian capital has been repeatedly rocked by attacks over the past few years blamed on militants from the Northern Caucasus region, where Russia has for years been battling an Islamist insurgency.
Double bombings carried out by two female suicide bombers on the Moscow metro on March 29, 2010, killed 40 and wounded more than 100.
The Kremlin fought two wars against separatist rebels in Chechnya in the 1990s but the insurgency has now become more Islamist in tone and has spread to neighbouring Ingushetia and Dagestan….