Suspected Suicide Blast Rips Through Russian Airport, 31 Dead
Early indications are that officials suspect at least one suicide bomber was responsible for the Monday morning explosion that tore through a Russian airport, killing at least 31 people and wounding nearly 130 more. The Russian airport, Domodedovo, is generally considered to be Russia‘s most modern air facility, but it has already been struck by terrorism in the past.
In 2004, suicide bombers were able to board two planes from Domodedovo and detonate themselves while their flights were in the air. All 90 people aboard those two flights were killed.
If the assumption that this is a terrorist attack proves to be correct, it will be just another in a long line of recent attacks on Russian citizens from various groups who employ such tactics. This is not the work of al Qaeda or any other religious extremist group. Instead, most of the attacks in Russia are entirely politically motivated.
Chechen rebels have been responsible for at least one of the more high profile attacks in recent years, exploding a high speed commuter train in 2009. That attack left 26 people dead.
The separatist movement in Chechnya has been officially defeated in terms of large-scale military operations, but tensions are still very high and random suicide attacks and other types of violence erupt from time to time.