Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) officials today confirmed that the downing of a Russian Metrojet plane over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula last month, killing 224 civilians, was a bombing attack, confirming weeks of speculation that it was an ISIS attack.
FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov affirmed that it was “a terrorist act,” adding that there were traces of explosives found among the debris at the crash site, ending any chance the explosion that downed the plane could’ve been a freak accident.
ISIS claimed credit for the attack the day the plane went down, though Egypt denied this was the case. The bomb was believed to have been planted by an employee at Sharm al-Sheikh airport, with Egypt since detaining two employees for questioning.
President Vladimir Putin vowed “payback” for the attack, saying it would include an escalation of the air war in Syria, though the ISIS faction believed to be responsible for the plane was actually an affiliate based in Egypt, not the parent ISIS group in Syria.