Medvedev delays Davos trip due to terrorist blast

RUSSIAN president Dmitry Medvedev has delayed his trip to the World Economic

Forum in Davos this week due to a suicide bomb at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport that killed 35 people yesterday.

The president swore to hunt down the culprits, writing on Twitter: “Security will be strengthened at large transport hubs. We mourn the victims of the terrorist attack at Domodedovo airport. The organisers will be tracked down and punished.”

No group has yet taken responsibility for the attack, but the bombing was praised on unofficial Islamist site kavkazcenter.com.

Tensions in the North Caucasus, which has a 20 per cent Muslim population eager to secede from Russia, have been building in recent months. “It is yet another sign that

what [Russia Prime Minister Vladimir] Putin started in 1999 by invading the rebellious republic of Chechnya has come home to roost again in the Russian capital,” said Glen Howard, president of the US Jamestown Foundation research institution.