Russian warned of airport attack: reports

24th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

Russian security services had received warnings that an attack was planned at a Moscow airport, reports said Monday after a blast killed at least 35 people at the city's largest air hub Domodedovo.

"The special services had received information that an act of terror would be carried out at one of the Moscow airports," a security source told the RIA Novosti news agency.

"Agents were seeking three suspects but they managed to access the territory of the airport, witness the explosion which their accomplice carried out and then leave the airport," the source said.

"A tip-off with a warning that something was being prepared appeared one week before the explosion," an airport security source told the website. "Even the place, by the customs, was named."

The blast took place in the international arrivals hall where passengers are met, just after the customs control.

An airport spokeswoman confirmed it was a free access zone that does not require a boarding pass or a special badge to enter.

© 2011 AFP

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