Egypt admits bomb may have downed Russian airliner

Egypt admits bomb may have downed Russian airliner

Egypt and Russia appeared to back away from their assertions that a Russian passenger jet crashed in the Sinai desert because of a technical fault on Sunday after it was revealed the plane broke up in the air and officials conceded the aircraft could have been brought down by a bomb on board.

In the hours after the Airbus A321 crashed on Saturday – killing all 224 aboard and spreading debris and bodies over kilometres of desert – both governments were quick to say the doomed airliner appeared to be the victim of mechanical failure.

But on Sunday evening, as bodies of the dead began their journey home, Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was speaking more cautiously, saying it was too soon tell the cause and that an “extensive and complicated technical study” was needed. Read more

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