Bomb by Islamic State likely caused Russian plane crash security sources
According to Americans and Britain’s a bomb planted by the Islamic State militant group is the probable reason for last weekend’s crash of a Russian airliner over Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, U.S. and European security sources said on Wednesday.
Islamic State, which controls swathes of Iraq and Syria and is crushing the Egyptian army in the Sinai Peninsula, said again on Wednesday it brought down the airplane, adding it would finally tell the world how it carried out the attack.
The Airbus A321M (AIR.PA) crashed on Saturday in the Sinai Peninsula curtly after taking off from the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on its way to the Russian city of St Petersburg, killing all 224 people on board.
The U.S. and European safety sources stressed they had got no final results about the crash.
Britain on Wednesday cited the likely possibility of an explosive device as the reason for the accident but made no mention of any group that may have been accountable.
“We have concluded that there is a significant possibility that the accident was caused by an explosive device on board the aircraft,” Britain’s foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, said after a meeting of the government’s crisis response committee chaired by Prime Minister David Cameron.
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