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Interpol to help probe Moscow bombing

Interpol is ready to help Russia investigate Monday's terrorist attack at Moscow's Domodedovo airport, the organisation's secretary general Ronald K Noble has said.

world Updated: Jan 26, 2011 08:04 IST

Interpol is ready to help Russia investigate Monday's terrorist attack at Moscow's Domodedovo airport, the organisation's secretary general Ronald K Noble has said.

"Our bureau in Moscow and all relevant Russian law enforcement officials can count on Interpol's full support to bring those responsible to justice," Noble said.

According to preliminary reports, a suicide bomber blew himself up on Monday afternoon in the airport's crowded international arrivals hall, killing at least 35 people and injuring up to 180.

"Interpol condemns this murderous attack in the strongest possible terms," Noble added.

Since a number of foreigners were amongst the casualties of the attack, Interpol has also offered to deploy an Incident Response Team to Moscow to assist local police.

A spokesman for Russia's national anti-terrorism committee (NAC) said that insufficient security measures at the airport were to blame for the deadly blast.

The international community condemned the blast, with NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen saying he was "deeply disturbed" by the attacks.

"I strongly condemn this outrageous act of terrorism against the Russian people," US President Barrack Obama said in a statement.

British Prime Minister David Cameroon offered the Russian authorities "complete support" and "made clear that the people of Britain stood with the people of Russia in the face of these events," a Downing Street spokesperson said.

In August 2004, two planes, which took off from Domodedovo airport were blown up by female Chechen suicide bombers, killing 90 people.