Avigdor Lieberman asked the Israeli Ambassador in Moscow, Dorit
Golender, Monday evening, to offer the Russian people and government
condolences from the entire nation of Israel on the terror attack at the
explosion ripped through the international arrivals hall at Moscow's
busiest airport on Monday, killing 35 people and wounding about 170, 20
of of which are in critical condition, officials said.
Explosion shakes Moscow airport; at least 35 dead
Golender assured Lieberman
that investigations conducted by local authorities confirmed that there
were no Israelis among the injured in the attacks, and that all El-Al
employees in the airport were safe.
foreign minister expressed that "the struggle against terror is a
universal struggle that goes beyond borders; against extremists
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu also offered his condolences Monday to the victims of the terrorist attack in Moscow.
""Terror is international and the response to terror must also be
international. If we join forces, the terrorists will not defeat us. We
will defeat them and prevent their missions," Netanyahu said, speaking in the Knesset plenum.
investigators say a suicide bomber most likely carried out the attack
that killed at least 35 people and wounded over 170 at Moscow's busiest
Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin says experts are now trying to identify the suspected bomber.
"From the preliminary information we have, it was a terror attack,"
Russian President Dimitry Medvedev told officials in a televised
briefing. He ordered authorities to beef up security at Moscow's two
other commercial airports and other transport facilities, including the
subway system, the target of past terror attacks, adding that all state
airports should be on emergency alert. The Kremlin has also announced
that Medvedev canceled his trip, scheduled for Tuesday morning, to an
international economic forum meeting in Davos, Sweden, in light of the
US President Barack Obama condemned the explosion, calling it "an outrageous act of terrorism against the Russian people."
Although there have been repeated attacks on the Moscow subway and
Russian trains — most blamed on Chechen militants — the bombing Monday
was the first involving a Russian airport since 2004, when two suicide
bombers were able to board planes at Domodedovo and blew themselves up
in mid-air, killing all 90 people aboard the two flights.
El-Al, the Israeli airline carrier, canceled all flights to Moscow from
Ben-Gurion Airport Monday evening in light of the bombing, and announced
that flights would resume Tuesday at 5:50 a.m.