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25 January 2011 - Media release

INTERPOL condemns Moscow airport terror attack, pledges investigative assistance to Russia

LYON, France – INTERPOL has condemned Monday's terror attack at Moscow's Domodedovo airport which killed at least 35 people and injured more than 100 following what Russian investigators said was a suicide bombing in the airport's busy international arrivals hall.

With INTERPOL's Command and Co-ordination Centre at its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon closely liaising with its National Central Bureau in Moscow to provide any assistance required, the world police body pledged its full investigative support to Russian authorities.

"INTERPOL condemns this murderous attack in the strongest possible terms," said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble, who deplored the 'appalling and senseless attack against the public'.

"We extend our thoughts and deepest sympathy to the families and friends of those killed or injured and INTERPOL has made available its global resources to the Russian authorities in their investigation into this attack which deliberately targeted innocent citizens.

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

With the possibility of international victims amongst the casualties, INTERPOL has also offered to deploy an Incident Response Team (IRT) from its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, consisting of specialized officers from its Disaster Victim Identification unit and/or Public Safety and Terrorism (PST) unit, operational assistants and analysts to Moscow to assist local police.

All requests for assistance and information from Russian authorities are being treated with the highest priority, and if required, INTERPOL can issue one of its colour-coded international notices to alert law enforcement around the world about the modus operandi behind the attacks, to obtain additional information about individuals in relation to the investigation or to seek the arrest of persons wanted in connection with the attack.