Though the demise of Russian Jet Flight 9268 has been being referred to as a “crash,” according to US intelligence sources it’s looking more and more likely that the Russian jet’s crash was a result of being blown apart by an ISIS planted bomb, resulting in hundreds of deaths.
The Russian Metrojet Flight 9268 went down Saturday over Egypt, multiple pieces of the Russian jet plummeting countless thousands of feet to the Sinai Peninsula.
Originating from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, Russian Flight 9268 was soaring on its way to St. Petersburg, Russia, before an explosion tore the jet apart, the resulting crash reportedly killing all 224 people on board, reports CNN.
The U.S. intelligence source said that an ISIS bomb is the “most likely” reason behind the Russian Flight 9268’s crash, prompting British officials to demand all incoming flights from Egypt to be grounded, and leaving an estimated 20,000 or so Brits stranded.
While the ISIS Islamic terrorist group continued to claim responsibility for the hundreds of murders and the crash of Russian Flight 9268, they also refused to give any details in audio messages posted via social media today, reports the Daily Mail.
But the Islamic terrorist group did post antagonistic taunts on social media, ISIS showcasing its anonymous bravado and saying they’ll reveal how they brought down Russian Flight 9268 “at the time of our choosing.”
“We brought it down, die in your rage. We are under no obligation to explain how it came down. Prove that we didn’t bring it down and how it came down. Bring the wreckage and search it, bring your black boxes and analyse them and tell us the results of your investigation. We will detail how it came down at the time of our choosing.”
Though the ISIS claim lacked any detail, the anonymous U.S. security source believes the Russian jet was the victim of a planted bomb, the official saying, “There is a definite feeling it was an explosive device planted in luggage or somewhere on the plane.”
The belief that the Russian jet crash was caused by an ISIS bomb stems from digging back into intelligence reports from before Flight 9268 took off.
Also according to the U.S. source, while they didn’t know about any specific threat before the Russian jet crash, with the benefit of hindsight “there had been additional activity in Sinai that had caught our attention.”
Conspiracy theorists, meanwhile, have many other ideas about how, why, or even if the Russian jet crash involved Flight 9268, saying ISIS “faked” the alleged video of the Russian jet either being shot down, or blowing up in mid-air. In fact, for some Flight 9268 conspiracy theorists, they don’t even think the Russian jet crash site reveals the remains of Flight 9268.
Regardless, all of the travelers stranded in Egypt due to the Russian jet crash may have a while to wait before flying to Britain.
With U.K. officials also believing that the Russian jet crash was caused by “an explosive device” a team of U.K. aviation experts have been scrambled to assess the security at the Egyptian airport from which Russian Flight 9268 took off.
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron was scheduled to oversee a meeting that will review the situation in the wake of the Russian jet crash.
And while both U.S. and U.K. officials have said they believe a bomb is to blame for the downing and ultimate crash of Russian Flight 9268, in a statement, Cameron still left room for other possibilities.
“While the investigation is still ongoing we cannot say categorically why the Russian jet crashed. But as more information has come to light we have become concerned that the plane may well have been brought down by an explosive device.”
This leaves most to agree that much evidence points to Flight 9268 being a likely terrorist act, the suddenness of the Russian jet’s crashing and the fact that no emergency calls were made also being indicative of a bomb or missile causing the crash of Russian Flight 9268.
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