By COLlive reporter
Analysts say Monday’s suicide attack at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport, which killed 35 people and injured 180 more, may prompt a reevaluation of security at airports.
Since the September 11 terror attacks in the U.S., the main goal of airport security has been to keep bombs and bombers off planes. Airports themselves were not considered a high priority target.
“The Jewish community is shocked by what happened,” Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar told Interfax-Religion news agency, noting that Chabad Shluchim were sent to the airport to help with the terror attack victims.
“We will see what kind of help is needed and will work to help the relatives of those killed and injured,” he added.
Chabad Shliach Rabbi Shea Deitsch said he reviewed the list of names of the dead and determined that it contained no Jews.
But one of his colleagues told COLlive.com that he was meant to be at the airport at the time of the explosion.
Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Wolf, Chief Rabbi and Shliach in the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson, says he was persuaded by his brother not to take the flight.
“I always speak to my brother before I fly,” he said about Rabbi Avrohom Wolf, a Chief Rabbi and Shliach in the nearby port city of Odessa.
“He told me that the weather is not stable and he practically begged me to fly through Kiev to Moscow instead of taking the Odessa-Moscow flight,” Kherson’s Wolf recalled.
A passenger on the Odessa flight was among the murdered in the bombing on Monday, at 4:40 PM.
In other news, Chairman of the U.S. House Transportation Committee, Rep. John Mica of Florida said that the federal program designed to spot suspected terrorist at American airports is “not capable of detecting what took place in Moscow.”
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