Britain in touch with Russia over airport blast: Hague

24th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

British officials are in contact with Russian authorities in case any British nationals were caught up in a suicide bombing at Moscow's Domodedovo airport, Foreign Secretary William Hague said Monday.

Two flights from Britain landed at the airport shortly before the blast ripped through the baggage claims section of the arrivals hall, killing at least 31 people and wounding more than 100, officials said.

"I am deeply shocked and saddened at today's explosion at Moscow's Domodedovo airport with the loss of many lives," Hague said in a statement.

"On behalf of the UK I send condolences to all those who have lost relatives or been injured.

"British officials are in urgent contact with the Russian authorities to establish the facts and to provide consular support to any British nationals who may have been affected."

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said separately that consular staff including the consul general were on their way to the airport, while officials were also making contact with British airlines using Domodedovo.

British Airways said one of its flights from London landed at Domodedovo at 3:46pm local time (1246 GMT) -- approximately 45 minutes before the bombing -- with 165 passengers on board. Another BA flight turned back before landing.

British-based airline BMI said one of its flights landed at 4:30pm local time with 97 passengers on board.

© 2011 AFP

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