Russia Says ‘Terror act’ Downed Airliner over Sinai Desert

Egypt's Prime Minister Sherif Ismail (R) listens to rescue workers as he looks at the remains of a Russian airliner after it crashed in central Sinai near El Arish city, north Egypt, October 31, 2015. The Airbus A321, operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia under the brand name Metrojet, carrying 224 passengers crashed into a mountainous area of Egypt's Sinai peninsula on Saturday shortly after losing radar contact near cruising altitude, killing all aboard. (Photo: REUTERS)

Egypt's Prime Minister Sherif Ismail (R) listens to rescue workers as he looks at the remains of a Russian airliner after it crashed in central Sinai near El Arish city, north Egypt, October 31, 2015. The Airbus A321, operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia under the brand name Metrojet, carrying 224 passengers crashed into a mountainous area of Egypt's Sinai peninsula on Saturday shortly after losing radar contact near cruising altitude, killing all aboard. (Photo: REUTERS)
Egypt’s Prime Minister Sherif Ismail (R) listens to rescue workers as he looks at the remains of a Russian airliner after it crashed in central Sinai near El Arish city, north Egypt, October 31, 2015. The Airbus A321, operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia under the brand name Metrojet, carrying 224 passengers crashed into a mountainous area of Egypt’s Sinai peninsula on Saturday shortly after losing radar contact near cruising altitude, killing all aboard. (Photo: REUTERS)

Alexander Bortnikov, head of Russia’s Federal Security Service, the FSB, has said an act of terror brought down the Russian Metrojet Airbus A321 in the Sinai Desert on October 31. All 224 people on board were killed while flying home from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh; almost all were Russians.
Mr Bortnikov said “traces of foreign explosives” were found on wreckage from the airliner. A branch of so-called Islamic State said it brought down the aircraft.
In a statement posted on the Kremlin’s website, Mr Bortnikov said a bomb equivalent to 2lb (1kg) of TNT had been planted inside the airliner “which explains the wide spread of wreckage.”
The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has said Russia will hunt down those who are responsible and that his country’s air strikes in Syria will be intensified.