Russian Officials Believe Sinai Plane Brought Down by Bomb-U.S. Sources

WASHINGTON — Russian communications intercepted by U.S. intelligence agencies showed Russia believed the plane that crashed in Sinai, Egypt, on Oct. 31 was brought down by a bomb, U.S. sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.

The intercepts are among pieces of evidence leading U.S. officials to suspect that a device planted on Metrojet Flight 9268 exploded shortly after the Airbus A321 took off from the resort city of Sharm al-Sheikh, the sources said.

All 224 passengers and crew were killed when the plane crashed in the desert on the way to St. Petersburg, Russia.

  • Hot tip.

  • Maneki-neko

    Doesn’t this report risk tipping off the Russians about U.S. intelligence sources and methods? Seems irresponsible to make such statements.