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Terrorist Attack

Two airport workers arrested as Russia confirms Egypt plane crash was caused by bomb

A €47 million reward is being offered for information that would lead to the arrest of those responsible.

RUSSIA’S FEDERAL SECURITY Service (FSB) has said that last month’s plane crash in the Egyptian desert was caused by a bomb.

All 224 people on board the Metrojet plane were killed when it crashed shortly after taking off from Sharm el Sheikh International Airport.

Two Sharm el Sheikh airport workers have been arrested this morning on suspicion of helping those responsible, according to Sky News.

It comes after the head of Russia’s security service Alexander Bortnikov confirmed the crash was the result of a terrorist attack:

According to our experts, a homemade explosive device equivalent to 1 kilogram of TNT went off onboard, which caused the plane to break up in the air, which explains why the fuselage was scattered over such a large territory. I can certainly say that this was a terrorist act.

It’s reported that traces of explosives were found in the debris and that tests showed the explosives had been produced outside of Russia.

Islamic State claimed responsibility after the plane came down in the Sinai Peninsula on October 31.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Russia will ‘intensify’ air strikes on Syria as a result: “There’s no statute of limitations for this, we need to know all of their names.

We’re going to look for them everywhere, wherever they are hiding. We will find them in any place on Earth and punish them.

Additional reporting by AP.

Read: Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for downing Russian passenger plane>

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