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Russia States Metrojet, Flight 9268 Was Brought Down By A Bomb

November 19, 2015 - Russian authorities have determined that the Russian air carrier Metrojet, Flight 9268 that departed Sharm el Sheikh International Airport, Egypt on October 31st for Saint Petersburg-Pulkovo Airport, Russia was brought down in the Sinai Peninsula by a bomb which resulted in the deaths of 217 passengers and seven crew members.

Russian authorities reported they ran tests on the downed aircraft and the crash site and as a result were able to identified residue materials from explosives. Russian President, Vladimir Putin has called on the revenge “We will find them anywhere on the planet and punish them.”


President Putin is offering a $50 million reward for anyone who can find those responsible for the bombing of Flight 9268. Russia has also indicated it will expanded its strike force in Syria with increase air strikes and will coordinated with French forces in the Mediterranean sea for air strikes.

The Islamic State of Iraq's propaganda monthly online magazine, Dabiq reported that a group that claimed to have downed Flight 9268, brought the aircraft down with a bomb that was planted in the soda can depicted in the photo (Schweppes soda, Gold). The extremist group, Islamic State’s Egyptian branch of ISIS, Sinai Province claims they found a security loophole at Sharm El Sheikh International Airport, and was able to smuggled the bomb onboard Flight 9268.

The group did not offer any additional information. However, crash investigators and explosives experts don't believe that a soda can this size could bring down an Airbus A321 unless the explosive device was placed strategically near a key part of the aircraft, such as the fuel line. Until now, Russian authorities and the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) had officially denied Flight 9268 was brought down by a bomb and insisted the crash was due to mechanical problems.


Anonymous (international network of activist and hacktivist) has indicated they will do what they can to shut down Islamic State’s (ISIS) online operations. On the IRC channel they have instructed their members on how to identify ISIS-affiliated Twitter accounts and websites, as well as how to hack ISIS websites. An offshoot of Anonymous, Ghost Security Hackers will take lead.

“Our mission is to eliminate the online presence of Islamic extremist groups such as Islamic State, al Qaeda, al-Nusra, Boko Haram and al-Shabab in an effort to stymie their recruitment and limit their ability to organize international terrorist efforts. Removing content involves both official channels, reporting the content to the site hosts and requesting it be removed, and the employment of digital weapons to forcibly remove content where official channels fail.”

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