Australia condemns 'appalling' Russia blast

25th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

Australia on Tuesday condemned a suicide bombing at Moscow's largest airport that killed at least 35 people as a "terrible atrocity" and said extremism was an unfortunate fact of modern life.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard described the blast in the packed arrivals hall of Domodedovo airport as a "brutal attack" and an "appalling and indiscriminate act of violence" which was likely to have affected many nations.

Defence Minister Stephen Smith said officials were urgently working to determine whether any Australians had been caught up in the blast.

"Our officials in Moscow are very urgently trying to make sure that no Australians have been caught up in this terrible atrocity," he said.

"We know that terrorism or extreme acts of violence are, regrettably, a terrible fact of modern life and that's why the Australian government and the international community do everything they can to minimise the chance that these terrible events occur," he added.

Scenes of carnage unfolded at Domodedovo airport in southern Moscow on Monday as corpses were stretchered out of the arrivals area after the blast, which left scores wounded.

Calling the attack an act of terror, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev chaired an emergency meeting of transport and security officials and increased security across the country's main airports and railway stations.

© 2011 AFP

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