Prime Minister Vladimir Putin vowed
revenge on Tuesday for a suicide bombing that killed at least 35 people at
Russia’s busiest airport and underscored the Kremlin’s failure to stem a rising
tide of attacks.
Talking tough a day after the
bombing, Russia’s leaders ordered security services to root out the culprits
behind the attack, which bore hallmarks of militants fighting for an Islamist
state along Russia’s southern flank.
“Everything must be done to
find, expose and bring the bandits who committed this crime to court — and the
nests of these bandits, however deep they have dug in, must be
liquidated,” Medvedev told Federal Security Service chiefs.
Medvedev lashed out at law
enforcement and airport authorities over the attack at Domodedovo, an
international hub and major gateway to Russia, which killed at least eight
“It is clear that there is a
systemic failure to provide security for people” at Domodedovo, said
He ordered the Interior Ministry to
recommend transport security officials for dismissal and said authorities found
culpable would be held responsible, suggesting they could face prosecution.
He urged officials to develop a
system that would provide for “total checks” on people and bags at airports.
There was no immediate claim of
responsibility for Monday’s bombing, but it bore hallmarks of militants
fighting for an Islamist state in the North Caucasus region on Russia’s
The blast ripped through the
international arrivals area where travellers emerge after collecting their
bags, causing carnage and filling the hall with smoke.
An investigator cited by news
agency Itar-Tass said the attack was apparently carried out by a heavily built
man aged 30 to 40.
Other reports have given
conflicting information, with some pointing to a female suicide bomber or two