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Terrorism blamed in airport explosion that killed at least 31

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MOSCOW (MSNBC) — A explosion ripped through the arrivals hall at Moscow's busiest airport on Monday, killing 31 people and wounding about 130, Health Ministry officials said.

The Interfax news agency, citing an unnamed source, and state-run RIA Novosti said the blast at Domodedovo airport might have been caused by a suicide bomber.

The Russkaya Sluzhba Novostei radio station cited a traveler, identified as Viktor, as saying he heard the bang outside the airport, where he was waiting for a car.

"There was an explosion, a bang. Then I saw a policeman covered in fragments of flesh and all bloody. He was shouting 'I've survived! I've survived!'" he told the radio station.

The Voice of Russia news website reported that a pall of smoke hung over the baggage reclaim hall and travelers were being escorted out the building.

Moscow police were checking the city's subway and other places where large numbers of people gather to try to avert possible follow-on attacks, Interfax said.

International flights arriving at Domodedovo were delayed.Interfax also said security had been stepped up at the Vnukovo and Sheremetyevo airports and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin had been informed.

U.S. officials say they have no intelligence indicating who might have been responsible for the Moscow airport blast.

Domodedovo 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 bombers blew themselves up in mid-air, killing all 90 people aboard the two flights.

In more recent suicide bombings in Moscow, twin blasts in the subway last March killed 39 people and wounded more than 60 people.

In December 2009, Chechen rebels claimed responsibility for blowing up a high-speed train between Moscow and St. Petersburg, an attack that killed 26 people and injured scores.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for more details.

Reuters, NBC News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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