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Russia Confirms Bomb Brought Down Plane in Egypt

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MOSCOW — Russia confirmed for the first time on Tuesday that a homemade bomb brought down a Russian charter jet over the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt more than two weeks ago, killing all 224 people aboard.

“We can say definitely that this was a terrorist act,” Alexander V. Bortnikov, the head of the Federal Security Service, or F.S.B., said in remarks to Russia’s Security Council.

An “improvised explosive device” had detonated soon after the plane took off from the resort city of Sharm el Sheikh, he said in remarks broadcast nationally. “The plane disintegrated in midair, which explains the widely scattered fuselage pieces.”

British and American inteligence agencies strongly suggested that a bomb had brought down the Metrojet Airbus A321 just days after it went down on Oct. 31. The Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, claimed responsibility for the attack within hours, although it did not provide any proof.

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                             http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/18/world/europe/russia-plane-crash-bomb.html

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REUTERS - Egypt detains two airport staff in connection with Sinai air crash - sources

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian authorities have detained two employees of Sharm al-Sheikh airport in connection with the downing of a Russian jet on Oct. 31, killing all 224 people on board, two security officials said on Tuesday.

"Seventeen people are being held, two of them are suspected of helping whoever planted the bomb on the plane at Sharm al-Sheikh airport," one of the officials said.

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http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=52caa56d-093a-4729-a5b7-c43f7a47920b

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Russia Offers £33m Reward Over Jet Bombing

 

Two employees of Sharm el Sheikh International Airport have been arrested by Egyptian authorities over the bombing of Metrojet Flight 9268, which Russia has confirmed was caused by an "act of terrorism".

Egyptian security officials say 17 people have been detained following the 31 October attack, which killed 224 people.

Only two are suspected of providing direct assistance to those who planted a bomb aboard the Russian airliner, which crashed in the Sinai Peninsula.

The arrests come after the Federal Security Service (FSB) confirmed it was treating the crash as a terror strike targeting Russian nationals.

US and British intelligence has long suggested the crash was caused by an act of terror, with a member of an investigation team saying they were "90% sure" that a noise heard on the black box was a bomb.

http://news.sky.com/story/1588988/russia-offers-33m-reward-over-jet-bombing

 

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