U.S. Officials Believe An ISIS Bomb Took Down The Russian Plane That Crashed In Egypt This Weekend
On Saturday, Metrojet Flight 9268, heading from Egypt to St. Petersburg, came down over the Sinai Peninsula. An ISIS-affiliated group immediately claimed they brought the plane down, but authorities of Egypt, the U.S., and Russia all stressed that nothing could be determined without further investigation.
Now, American officials have essentially confirmed what was originally speculated: the explosion that killed 224 people on the Russian airliner was the result of an on-board bomb, most likely placed there by ISIS. From CNN:
The latest U.S. intelligence suggests that the plane crash was most likely caused by a bomb on the plane planted by ISIS or an ISIS affiliate, according to a U.S. official familiar with the matter.
“There is a definite feeling it was an explosive device planted in luggage or somewhere on the plane,” the official said, stressing that no formal conclusion had been reached by the U.S. intelligence community.
The assessment was reached, the official said, by looking back at intelligence reports that had been gathered before Saturday’s plane crash and intelligence gathered since then.
If true, it would be one of the most deadly terror attacks by ISIS to date.
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