A senior Russian security official has declared last month’s Sinai air disaster an act of terror.
In a meeting with President Vladimir Putin and other officials, Federal Security Service (FSB) Director Alexander Bortnikov said traces of foreign-made explosives were found among the wreckage of Kogalymavia flight 9268, which crashed in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula on October 31.
“According to our experts, a self-made explosive device equivalent up to 1 kg of TNT was set off on board, which explains why the aircraft broke up in mid air and its fragments were scattered over a large area,” Mr Bortnikov said. “We can say with confidence that this was a terrorist act.”
Mr Putin said Russia would “find [the perpetrators] anywhere on the planet and punish them”.
“The murder of our people over Sinai is one of the bloodiest crimes in terms of the lives it claimed,” he said. “We will not dry our tears – this will remain forever in our hearts and minds. However, this would not stop us from finding and punishing the perpetrators.”
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Top image of Russian President Vladimir Putin and officials observing a minute’s silence from the Kremlin’s website.