Last month, a passenger plane headed from Egypt to St. Petersburg, Russia, crashed in the Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people on board.
Both U.S. and British intelligence indicated that the cause of the crash was terrorism, but Egypt denied it.
Now, evidence has been released indicating that the cause of the crash was in fact terrorism, according to a Russian analysis of the debris at the crash site.
On Tuesday, Alexander Bortnikov, leader of Russian security service FSB, told Russian president Vladimir Putin that a homemade bomb blew up the plane shortly after it took off.
He also said that traces of explosives were found in the plane’s debris.
Speaking to reporters, Bornikov said that the bomb was equivalent to more than two pounds of TNT, “which caused the plane to break up in the air, which explains why the fuselage was scattered over such a large territory. I can certainly say that this was a terrorist act.”
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attacks in multiple web messages, including written statements, video messages, and audio messages.
ISIS stated that the terrorist attack was in retaliation for Russia’s air campaign in Syria, in which Russia has targeted ISIS and other groups on behalf of the Syrian government.
A $50 million award has been promised for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible for the bombing, according to Russia’s Interfax news agency.
Speaking of the terrorists involved in the bombing, Putin said: “There’s no statute of limitations for this, we need to know all their names. We’re going to look for them everywhere wherever they are hiding. We will find them in any place on Earth and punish them.”
Putin also spoke about Russia’s air campaign in Syria on Tuesday, saying that it “should not only be continued but should be intensified so that the criminals realize that retribution is inevitable.”
French President Francois Hollande will be visiting Moscow on November 26th to meet with Putin.
Putin spoke to Hollande by phone and has ordered the Russian navy to establish contact with a French naval force heading to the eastern Mediterranean and treat them as allies.
Putin stated: “We need to work out a plan with them of joint sea and air actions.”