As investigators sift through the rubble and collect remnants of Metrojet (Kogalymavia) flight 9268, Russian, British and American intelligence agencies have drawn conclusions from preliminary evidence ISIS was almost certainly responsible for planting a bomb on the A321 aircraft which crashed in the Sinai Peninsula on October 31.
The crash claimed the lives of 224 passengers and aircrew.
“We have concluded that there is a significant possibility that the crash was caused by an explosive device on board the aircraft,” said Philip Hammond, the UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.
Similarly, British Prime Minister David Cameron weighed in Thursday to support Hammond’s remarks:
“We cannot be certain that the Russian airliner was brought down by a terrorist bomb, but it looks increasingly likely that that was the case.”
On a Thursday morning interview with Fox News, Representative Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, was more candid and stated:
“I think the more likely scenario where all indicators seem to be pointing, is that this was an ISIS attack with an explosive device in the airplane.”
Cameron’s, McCaul’s and Hammond’s statements conflict with Moscow.
Similarly at odds with both Moscow and Egypt, ISIS (Daesh) released a video avowing their responsibility for the downing of the passenger jet. The Egyptian government and the Kremlin initially dismissed ISIS claims as absurd, stating the group is not equipped to mount such an act, but are re-examining their stance.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged caution and has emphasized the need for the ongoing investigation conducted by its Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) prior to drawing hasty conclusions.
Citing security, Britain, Ireland, Germany and The Netherlands have suspended flights to and from Sharm al-Sheikh International Airport on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula promoting a sharp rebuke from both Egypt and Russia.
Dependent on tourism, Egypt may suffer from European nations suppressing the frequent flow of tourists to the region, particularly Egypt.
Russia blasted the step as a maneuver to protest Russian military activity in Syria.
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