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Moscow blast victim was due to wed

A British businessman killed in a suicide attack on Moscow's busiest airport had a six-month-old daughter and was due to get married this spring, his brother has said.

Gordon Cousland, 39, was one of 35 victims of the bombing at Domodedovo Airport, which also left another 110 people injured.

The property consultant, who specialised in Eastern Europe, had just landed in Russia when he became caught up in the horrific blast in the airport's crowded international arrivals hall on Monday afternoon.

His brother Robin, from Sleaford, Lincolnshire, spoke of the family's desperate attempts to contact him after the terrorist attack.

He said: "He was going to Russia on Monday and we heard a blast reported on the radio and thought 'Oh no, he could be involved'. We tried to phone his mobile phone and could not get an answer. Normally when he visits a place he is pretty good at phoning to say he has arrived.

"As the evening went on, we heard nothing from him and began to fear the worst. Late last night we passed information to the Foreign Office as we thought he was missing and his company were doing the same thing and they couldn't contact him. We received word last night about it."

Mr Cousland, who was due to marry his fiancee in April, was born in Sleaford and was the youngest of five children. The rest of his family are from Scotland. He worked in the London office of marketing, data analysis and IT company CACI as a consultant. Firm spokesman Ian Thurman said Mr Cousland had put in an "amazing amount of effort" to open up the Eastern European property market and would be sadly missed.

The murdered Briton studied at Newcastle University and the Chartered Institute of Marketing, as well as completing a course in teaching English as a foreign language, according to his profile on the business networking site LinkedIn.

Russia's prime minister Vladimir Putin vowed that "retribution is inevitable" over the suicide bombing. Suspicion has fallen on Islamist separatist insurgents from Chechnya or elsewhere in Russia's troubled Caucasus region who have been battling Russian authority for more than 15 years.

Russia's Emergencies Ministry said a second Briton was killed in the attack, but the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it believed there was only one UK national among the victims.


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