Russia : Examination of debris of the remains of A321 Russian airliner which blew up mid-air a fortnight ago over Egypt’s Sinai revealed that it was brought down by an act of terror. Sabotage was the main reason of downing of this flight and blowing it mid-air, as ‘traces of foreign explosives’ were found on the debris examination of remains recovered from the Airbus plane. This was confirmed by Russia’s security chief who revealed that an act of terror brought down the Russian A321 airliner in Egypt last month, killing all 224 people on board.
FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov informed and updated Russian President Vladimir Putin about the findings and conveyed a suspected and near confirmed act of terror which sabotaged the plane and blew it up mid air causing fatality. Nearly all the dead were Russians. Most of the passengers were Russian tourists flying home from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
President Putin vowed to ‘find and punish’ those behind the attack over the Sinai peninsula and declared a search operation to nab the group involved in the heinous crime. After the plane had crashed and blown up on 31 October, shattering the plane mid-air, a branch of so-called Islamic State said it downed the plane. Putin also said that Russia’s air strikes in Syria ‘must not only be continued – they must be intensified so that the criminals understand that retribution is inevitable.’
Bortnikov released a statement on the Kremlin’s website and said, a bomb had been planted on board the Kogalymavia jet, equivalent to up to 1kg of TNT. It blew up on 31 October, shattering the plane mid-air which explains the wide dispersal of fuselage pieces. Putin responded to this revelation in these exact words — We’ll look for them everywhere, wherever they are hiding. We’ll find them in any corner of the planet and punish them.