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Suspected Suicide Bomber Murders Dozens at Moscow Airport

By Matthew Harwood

A suspected suicide bomber today strode into the public area outside the international arrivals portion of Moscow's busiest airport and detonated an explosive device, killing at least 35 people and wounding nearly 170 people, according to the Guardian, although casualty reports differ.

The bomb went off at 4:37 p.m. and targeted the area of the Domodedovo Airport where people wait to greet arriving air travelers.

Voice of America, relaying news from RT, reports that the explosive device was packed with bolts, nuts, nails and ball bearings to maximize its lethality. A YouTube video posted online, and viewable after the jump, shows the smoky carnage left in the attack's wake. 

Russia's state news agency RIA Novosti says a law enforcement source told it that security services were aware of the plot but failed to identify and detain the three suspects allegedly involved in the attack before it could occur. The three suspects are believed to be from the country's North Caucasus, where Russia fought two vicious wars against Islamic separatists between the years of 1994-1996 and 1999-2005, reports the Guardian. (To learn more about this war-torn and volatile southern region of Russia, check out this overview from the BBC.)

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