The suicide bomber who killed 35 people at Moscow's busiest airport was deliberately targeting foreigners, investigators said today. Federal investigators say they know the identity of the bomber, a 20-year-old native of the volatile Caucausus region, where Islamist insurgents have been battling for years for a breakaway state. But the country's top investigative body stopped short of naming him, fearing that it would compromise ongoing attempts to identify and arrest the masterminds of the attack.
There has been no claim of responsibility, but security analysts suspect Islamist separatists of organizing the bombing because of its magnitude and method. "It was no accident that the terrorist act was carried out in the international arrivals hall," federal investigators said in a statement. "The terrorist act was aimed first and foremost at foreign citizens." The victims were mainly Russians, but also included one person each from Britain, Germany, Austria, Ukraine, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.