Russia says Plane in Egypt’s Sinai Brought Down by Bomb

Russian intelligence service FSB says traces of explosives have been found in the debris of the Metrojet airliner The Russian intelligence service says that a Metrojet airliner that went down over Egypt’s Sinai peninsula in October was brought down by a bomb. The Russian Security Service (FSB) said on Tuesday that traces of explosives were found among the debris, after weeks of speculation about what had caused the crash. The state-owned Sputnik News website quoted the FSB’s chief Alexander Bortnikov as saying the plane had “definitely” been downed intentionally. “We can definitely say this was a terrorist attack,” Bortnikov is reported to have said, adding that 1kg of a TNT equivalent had been used to blow up the Airbus A321 travelling for Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg in Russia. Bortnikov was meeting Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, who said that those behind the attack would be held responsible. “We will...

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No Survivors From Russian Plane Crash in Egypt

At least 224 people killed after airliner crashed in mountainous part of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula All 224 passengers and crew on board a Russian passenger plane that crashed in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula have died, Egyptian medical and security sources said. Search and rescue team members are still gathering the remains of victims after the crash on Saturday, the sources said. The plane was heading to St Petersburg, likely carrying tourists returning from holidays in Egypt’s popular Sharm el-Sheikh resort. The Russian embassy confirmed there were no survivors. A statement Egypt’s civil aviation ministry said the wreckage of the Russian passenger jet was found in the Hassana area, south of the city of el-Arish. It said the plane – a Metrojet Airbus A321 – took off from Sinai Peninsula’s Sharm el-Sheikh, a popular destination for Russian tourists, and disappeared from radar screens 23 minutes after take-off. Day of mourning Among...

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