Russian media points to Modern Warfare 2 over airport bombing

Tuesday, 25 January 2011 16:26 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Russia Today, a government-financed satellite channel, has broadcast a report mixing footage of the aftermath of yesterday’s Moscow airport bombing with the No Russian level from Modern Warfare 2.

Russia Today’s report, which emphasized that the video game was made by Americans, included an interview with Walid Phares, a Fox News terrorism analyst, who suggested that terrorists might be using virtual games like this one to train for real attacks.

“I think those who have been radicalized already — let’s suppose in this case jihadists, Al Qaeda or [some] other kind — they look at the games and say these games will serve them to train,” Phares said.

Said Russia today in a written report:

“The bloody scenes of the Moscow attack are reminiscent of what can be seen in a year-old computer game, the scenario of which controversially involves a character who is urged to kill civilians in an imaginary Russian airport.

“In the mission dubbed ‘No Russian’ the player goes on a terrorist rampage, helping to massacre civilians in a fictitious Moscow airport. It may have seemed too gruesome and tragic ever to come true.”

A bomber yesterday detonated an estimated 7kg of TNT at Domodedovo airport, killing 35 people and injuring 110.

Via the New York Times.

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