A suitcase bomb exploded at Madras International Airport on August 2, killing at least 32 people and devastating terminal building.
GVs Sign of International Airport terminal, glass on floor, broken doors. (3 shots)
GV Roof collapsed, debris outside.
GVs Cracked structure, interior rubble and damage, exterior debris. (2 shots)
GVs Broken statue, further structural damage debris on ground being cleaned up. (2 shots)
GVs INTERIOR Further damage to building, rescue workers clearing rubble.(2 shots)
GVs Corpse on ground, second corpse under rubble.(2 shots)
GV PAN AND GVs Iron sheets ripped from roof, workers and security forces sifting rubble, body being removed. (3 shots)
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Background: A suitcase bomb exploded at Madras International Airport on August 2, killing at least 32 people and devastating terminal building. The bomb went off shortly after a scheduled Air Lanka flight arrived from Colombo and passengers were undergoing routine customs inspections. A further twenty people were reported injured in the blast, which caused the false ceiling of the arrival hall to come crashing down. Emergency services in the Southern Indian city rushed to the scene of the carnage, with rescue workers digging frantically in an effort to save victims trapped underneath tons (tonnes) of rubble. The severity of the explosion mangled those caught inside the terminal building, and rescuers found human limbs scattered throughout the area. Security forces launched an intensive hunt on August 3 for a passenger who vanished after checking in the suitcase which blew up at the airport. Police said they sought a mysterious person booked to travel on an Air Lanka flight to Colombo, but who failed to pass through Indiana emigration and customs formalities after registering his luggage. In Colombo, Sri Lankan authorities declared the explosion to be part of a plan by Tamil separatists to destroy two Air Lanka jetliners. However, a recognised Sri Lankan Tamil group in Madras disclaimed all knowledge of the bombing, which it publicly condemned.