Security Blamed for Russian Airport Attack

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There was a lot of finger-pointing after the suicide attack on Monday that killed 35 people at a Moscow airport. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said airport security was responsible. However, those security officials have insisted the police were in charge.

Russian airlines have resumed service at Russia's Domodedovo airport on Tuesday, but security has been tightened.

George Thomas, CBN News International Correspondent, shared his recent experience at Russia's airport and gave more insight on Monday's suicide bombing attack on the Jan. 25 edition of CBN News Channel's Morning program. Click play to watch the interview.

"As you know there has been an explosion in the Domodedovo Airport," Medvedev said. "The preliminary indications are that this is a terrorist."

Two Britons, a German and a Bulgarian were among the those killed. According to the emergencies ministry, another 110 people -- including nine foreigners -- were also hospitalized with injuries.

One man said he saw someone detonate an explosive device -- possibly a suitcase. Russian authorities said a single suicide bomber with six pounds of explosives carried out the attack.

Authorities suspect Islamic rebels in southern Russia could be responsible for the terrorist act.

"Chechen separatists jihadists there have close ties with Arab militants as well," CBN News Terrorism Analyst Erick Stakelbeck explained. "We have had a number of Arab islamic jihadists set up shop in Chechnya. They've been there for about 15 years now. A lot of Saudis in Chechnya providing guidance both religious guidance in terms of jihad as well as bombmaking and guidance on that end."

As in the U.S., Moscow's airport screens passengers before they board planes. The bomber struck in the public arrival area, where there is no screening.

As the investigation continues, President Obama said Americans stand with the Russian people.

"I strongly condemn this outrageous act of terrorism against the Russian people," said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

This is not the first attack involving the Russian airport. In 2004, Muslim suicide bombers boarded a plane, which exploded while in the air, killing the 90 people on board.

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