An Egyptian mechanic is suspected of planting a bomb on Russian MetroJet Flight 9268 that crashed into the Sinai Peninsula last October, killing all 224 people on board.
According to Reuters, the mechanic is suspected of planting an ISIS-obtained explosive device somewhere on the fuselage. Two airport policemen and a baggage handler were also arrested in connection with the bombing, although their role is still unclear.
Authorities believe the suspected policemen may have turned a blind eye or were just negligent at their jobs. The unnamed mechanic reportedly had a cousin linked to ISIS, who could have supplied the device.
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“After learning that one of its members had a relative that worked at the airport, [the] Islamic State delivered a bomb in a handbag to that person,” said one of the sources, adding the suspect’s cousin joined Islamic State in Syria a year and a half ago. “He was told to not ask any questions and get the bomb on the plane.”
Though Egypt maintains that they have not yet found anything linking terrorism to the crash, MetroJet says the plane suffered “external impact.” ISIS has also already claimed responsibility for the attack. The November issue of ISIS’ propoganda magazine Dabiq contained a photo of what the terror organization said is the exact bomb, contained in a can of pineapple soda, that exploded onboard.
In November, Dabiq, ISIS’s propaganda magazine, posted a picture of the exact device that they claim brought down the plan which was concealed in a can of pineapple soda.
BREAKING In Dabiq 12, ISIS publishes photo of IED it says was used to bring down Russian passenger plane over Sinai pic.twitter.com/uBqW6PzIdr
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