Hmm. They were WARNED? They didn’t catch it?
This is Russia we are talking about.
I’m not buying this. They are deliberately trying to make themselves look like “one of us” the victims of attacks. They have to have something very big. Looks like this one is close.
I’m not saying that I think that they rigged the bomb. Russian tactics, however, don’t remove that possibility from being plausible.
Let’s also not forget that PUTIN was KGB.
This is not incompetence, of that I’m sure.
They are in need of a few memorials of their own, if they are going to have any say in the politics of IRAN.
Moscow airport attack: Russian authorities were warned about a terrorist attack
The Russian security services had been tipped off that a terrorist attack was planned at a Moscow airport a week before the suicide bombing.
By Duncan Gardham, Securty Correspondent 7:25PM GMT 24 Jan 2011
According to reports, the warning even gave details of precisely where the bomb would be planted and yet the authorities failed to stop the attack at the country’s busiest airport.
“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.
Another airport security source said: “A tip-off with a warning that something was being prepared appeared one week before the explosion. Even the place, by the customs, was named,” according to the website Lifenews.ru, which has close links with FSB, Russia’s security service.
A few days before the explosion of airport security became aware of the impending explosion.
The Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev, admitted that security regulations were not being properly followed even though Domodedovo airport boasts some of the most hi-tech scanning equipment in the world
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“What happened indicates that far from all the laws that need to be working are being used correctly,” he said.
The blast took place in the “meet and greet” area of the international arrivals hall where passengers are met after they pass through customs control.
A spokesman for the airport confirmed it was a “free access zone” that does not require a boarding pass to enter.
However, the airport does have a series of metal detectors on the entrance to the arrivals hall to scan people who are there to meet relatives. These are not always operational.
The blast will damage Russia’s international image as it gears up to hold two major sporting events, the Winter Olympics in 2014 and the 2018 Football World Cup.
Domodedovo Airport is Russia’s largest airport in terms of passenger numbers and serves international airlines including British Airways, Lufthansa and Swiss Air.
In all, 77 airlines offer regular flights to Domodedovo, flying on 241 international and national routes, and there are five flights from Britain each day.
Built in 1964, it is located 26 miles (42 kilometers) southeast of the center of Moscow and is the largest of the three major airports that serve the Russian capital, serving over 22 million people last year.
It is generally regarded as Moscow’s most up-to-date airport, but its security procedures have been called into question.
In 2004, two suicide bombers were able to board planes at Domodedovo by buying tickets illegally from airport personnel.
The female suicide bombers, Chechen separatists, blew themselves up in mid-air, killing all 90 people aboard the two flights.
Philip Baum, editor of Aviation Security International, said airports have been aware that they could be the subject of attacks since the 1970s.
He cited the example of Tel Aviv airport, where 26 people were killed in an attack in 1972 using guns and hand grenades, which has a series of check points starting 3km from the terminal.
“The problem is that metal detectors and x-ray machines are not effective at detecting bombs,” Mr Baum said. “And as you ratchet up the number of checks, you have large numbers of people standing in line and the queues themselves can become targets.”
Mr Baum said that combining airports with shopping centres has made them more crowded and many have limited space so passengers and those meeting them are funneled into relatively small areas.
“It is a major challenge for airports in Europe because very few are constructed on large open sites selected for the purpose,” he added.