An explosion has ripped through Moscow's Domodedovo airport - the busiest in the Russian capital, killing at least 35 people. Some 170 people were injured in the blast, which reports suggest was the work of a suicide bomber.
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0007: That concludes our live coverage of the attacks in Moscow. Scores of people have been injured and 35 people are dead. President Dmitry Medvedev has vowed to track down and punish those behind the attack and has ordered tighter security at Russian transport hubs. No group has claimed responsibility.2357: Russia's National Anti-Terrorist Committee says that security arrangements at Domodedovo were inadequate. "Otherwise nothing would have happened," spokesman Nikolai Sintsov tells Russian media. There were not enough scanners and some of those that had been installed did not work. 2345: Islamist militants from the North Caucasus were probably behind the attack, security experts tell Russian business newspaper Kommersant. The attack may have been an act of revenge for recent anti-militant operations, including the killing of Pakhrudin Gadzhiyev in Dagestan last Friday. Gadzhiyev was suspected of organising suicide attacks last year, the paper notes. 2326: Most of the people in the arrivals area were awaiting passengers from a London flight, Moskovsky Komsomolets, a popular Moscow daily, reports under the headline "Terrorists meet passengers". Other people were meeting flights from Duesseldorf and Odessa. 2313: UK Foreign Secretary William Hague: "I condemn the mindless act of terrorism that took place this afternoon at Moscow's Domodedovo airport. Such acts can have no justification and serve no purpose." 2305: Seventeen seconds of footage of what is said to be the explosion are on YouTube. The video appears to have been taken from a CCTV camera 2252: Canada "strongly condemns" the bomb attack, Prime Minister Stephen Harper says. "The use of violence against innocent people must never be tolerated and we condemn those responsible for this horrible act." 2247: At the The Spectator , David Blackburn writes "It is a telling reminder that the domestic threat faced by Russia and Nato are becoming more aligned, which should lead to greater co-operation between the two in the coming decade." Read David Blackburn's Spectator blog 2242: Video of the explosion has been posted on YouTube, lenta.ru reports. Lenta.ru carries a video grab showing a bright flash in what appears to be an airport internal area: lenta.ru report in Russian 2224: There seems to be some confusion over the official number of injured. The emergencies ministry has just raised its total to 180, saying 86 are in hospital, Interfax reports. 2158: Russian blogger Navalny writes that it is too soon to comment on the awful events at the airport but one thing that can be said is: "Right now we are seeing the final death of television and the traditional media as a source of up-to-date information in a crisis. Twitter. The news agencies, radio and TV are all quoting Twitter reports." Navalny's blog (in Russian) 2151: Health Minister Golikova says that 128 people were injured in the blast, Interfax reports. Of these, 93 remained in hospital as of 2000 GMT, with 41 of them in a grave condition. Confirming 35 deaths, she says 31 died at the scene of the blast, three died in hospital and one died on the way to hospital. 2142: Emergency services began removing bodies from the airport after 1930, Ria-Novosti reports. It was expected to take about three hours for all of the dead to be placed in Moscow morgues. 2127 At the The Daily Beast , Owen Matthews writes: "No one can reasonably blame the Kremlin for tonight's appalling bomb attack on Moscow's busiest airport. But it's equally clear that Putin has built a police state that's good at cracking down on dissent but bad at delivering security - not to mention honouring its basic contract with the people who surrendered their freedoms in exchange for a quiet life." Read Owen Matthews' Daily Beast blog 2125: The BBC's Daniel Sandford at Domodedovo Moscow says: Eyewitnesses say the explosion happened in the area where friends, relatives and drivers were waiting for passengers to come through customs. There security was much less tight, as it is in many other airports. 2030: Asked why no list of the dead has been published yet, lenta.ru's official Twitter feed explains that bodies are only being removed now - priority was given to evacuating the injured. lenta.ru Twitter feed (in Russian) 2050: Russian investigators describe the bomb used: "An improvised explosive device packed with shrapnel, pieces of chopped wire", equivalent to between two and five kilos (4 and 11 lb) of TNT. 2044: Two Britons were killed in the blast, Russian investigators confirm. 2030: Amid disgust over reports of Moscow taxi-drivers inflating fares to and from the airport, volunteer drivers have been offering their services free of charge, posting their mobile phone numbers on Twitter. Some have been offering a free bed for the night to people affected by the explosion. 2019: The Russian health ministry has published a list of 64 injured people taken to Moscow hospitals. They range in age from 17 to 65. Russian media say the list is incomplete. List of injured (in Russian) 2000: British Prime Minister David Cameron expressed his condolences to President Medvedev in a phone call, making "clear that the people of Britain stood with the people of Russia in the face of these events", Downing Street reports. "We should never allow the terrorists to win," Mr Cameron was quoted as saying. 1952:The Kremlin tweets: President Medvedev has postponed his flight to Switzerland on Tuesday for the Davos world economic forum. Read Kremlin tweets 1936: Casualty update: 170 people were injured, of whom 76 were being treated in hospital as of 1900 GMT. The other 94 received medical aid at the scene. Source: Russian emergencies ministry, quoted by Interfax. 1934: The moment of the blast was captured by at least one CCTV camera, a security source at Domodedovo tells Interfax. 1924:The BBC's Daniel Sandford at Domodedovo Moscow says: Half of the airport is pretty much back to normal. People are still checking in for flights. There is increased security at the entrance. But the other half is completely sealed off. It is a crime scene. There are still fire engines and ambulances around. 1914: Russia's secret services had been aware that an attack was in the offing at one of Moscow's airports, a security source tells Ria Novosti news agency. They had been seeking three suspects, who are now believed to have driven the bomber to the airport's long-term car park. 1906: The rouble weakened in inter-bank trade after the blast, giving up gains made earlier on Monday, Reuters reports. 1900: Alexander from Yekaterinburg e-mails:There used to be metal detectors at entrances to the airport, now they are no longer used. The police are idle and corrupt. What can we do? Probably do as Israelis do - avoid places where lots of people gather. The Russian Caucasus is out of control. 1858: Leg wounds among the injured suggest the bomber may have detonated explosives placed on the ground, the Russian news website lenta.ru reports. 1849: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: "I want to send... on the behalf of the... people of Israel, our condolences to the government, the people in Russia, to the bereaved families. Terrorism is global and the response to terror must be global." 1838: "The nature of terror is that none of us, none of the countries in this world, are free from this threat, and none of us could ensure 100% security level," Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov tells the BBC. 1835: The UK's Foreign Office tell the BBC they are looking into reports that a British citizen is among the dead at the airport. The embassy have a team at the airport but cannot confirm the report. 1822: In a televised briefing on state TV channel Rossiya 1, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin tells Social Development Minister Tatyana Golikova: "It is necessary to prepare a draft government decree on providing financial aid to the families of those killed. I ask you and your deputies to go to the clinics, on the spot, to see how work is being organised to help the victims."1819: Interfax reports at least one British person among several foreigners killed. 1807: The BBC website now has a picture gallery of the tragic events at Domodedovo airport.1759: European Commission President Manuel Barroso says: "It was with shock and great sadness that I heard about the terrorist attack at the Domodedovo airport outside Moscow this afternoon. I strongly condemn this cowardly terrorist attack. I send my heartfelt condolences to the government and to the people of the Russian Federation, and in particular to the families and the loved ones of the victims."1755: British officials say there are no confirmed UK casualties, but say they are "urgently investigating" after witnesses said a British Airways flight had just landed before the explosion. FCO checks for Britons affected