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Briton among Moscow blast victims

At least one Briton was among the 35 people killed in Monday's suicide bomb blast at Moscow's busiest international airport.

The Foreign Office confirmed the victim as Gordon Campbell Cousland and said it was urgently investigating reports that a second British national had died.

A second Briton, named Kirill Budrashov, was also killed in the attack, according to a list of victims released by the Russian authorities.The Foreign Office has not confirmed that Mr Budrashov, who was born in 1972, was a UK citizen.

Russia's Emergencies Ministry said eight foreign citizens were among those killed, and a preliminary casualty list published by the ministry shows a German and a Bulgarian among the dead, along with one person each from the former Soviet republics of Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Ukraine.

No claim of responsibility has been made for the devastating blast which sprayed shrapnel, screws and ball bearings through the international arrivals hall at Domodedovo airport, injuring another 110 people. But Chechen militants behind many other terrorist acts in Russia, including last year's double suicide bombing on the Moscow subway that killed 40, are the main suspects.

The Foreign Office in London said: "Initial indications are that one British national was killed in the explosion at Domodedovo Airport. We are in contact with next of kin and providing consular assistance. The consular team is continuing to investigate reports that a second British national was killed but we have no information to confirm this at this time."

Two flights from London Heathrow arrived at the airport shortly before the explosion in the crowded hall at about 4.30pm local time yesterday, while one British Airways plane en-route to the Russian capital was turned back towards the UK.

Prime Minister David Cameron condemned the latest tragedy as an "appalling attack," while Russian President Dmitry Medvedev vowed to track down and punish those responsible.

Following the attack Mr Medvedev ordered security at Moscow's two other commercial airports and other key transport facilities to be put on high alert. He also said that officials at the airport must bear responsibility for security failures, but airport management contend Russian transport police were in charge.

Reports on Russian television suggested the suspected bomber was carrying a suitcase and shouted "I'll kill you all!" before detonating an explosive device as he walked through the passenger-filled hall.


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