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Egypt says no evidence of terrorism in Russian plane crash

A321 downing was not caused by terrorists, Egypt claims

Egyptian military investigators deny any evidence of terrorism in Russian jet crash, reports Ahmed Aboulenein for Reuters.

As disclosed on Monday by Egyptian officials, there is no evidence that Russian passenger airplane which downing on October, 31 resulted in all 224 passengers dead, was not attacked by terrorists of any kind.

As it has been revealed before, Russian and Western governments admitted that the plane crash allegedly was a result of a bomb planted by ISIS fighters, and the Islamic State militants themselves asserted that the bomb has been smuggled into the jet. However, ministry of civil aviation of Egypt reported that after completing an introductory report on the incident no evidence of terrorist act was found.

"The technical investigative committee has so far not found anything indicating any illegal intervention or terrorist action," Aboulenein cited the ministry’s statement.

The plane crash brought serious damage to tourism industry of Egypt: the plane took off from Sharm-el-Sheikh, the most popular Egyptian Red Sea resort among Russian and British holiday makers. Since the incident has raised serious airport security questions, both Britain and Russia had to suspend flights into Sharm-al-Sheikh.

“Egypt is facing a two-year Islamist insurgency in the Sinai that killed hundreds of soldiers and police. Islamic State said the bombing was in response to Russian air strikes in Syria,” assumes Aboulenein.

EXPERT OPINION

Joshua Tartakovsky

Rajeev Ahmed has suggested that Egypt is signaling to the US that it is open to negotiations on getting closer to it rather than to Russia. By this line of argument, Egypt is denying a terror attack to win favor with Washington. My own impression is that Egypt is simply very ashamed of the event and of the flawed security it has and is propagating make-believe tales. It is very worried about losing tourists and is getting desperate by engaging in reality denial. If it would have wanted to get closer to the US, it would probably not take on a denial of a terror attacks that a) can be easily disproved and b) contradicts the US version of events that laid blame on ISIL

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