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Interior Ministry denies reports on perpetrators of Russian plane crash

A report by Reuters suggested the perpetrator was an airport mechanic, while a Russian media report indicated that a perpetrator fled to Turkey

The Ministry of Interior has denied reports by foreign news organisations regarding the possible perpetrator(s) behind the Russian plane crash last October that killed all 224 on board.

A report by Reuters on Friday suggested that a mechanic who works at Sharm El-Sheikh Airport may have been involved in planting a bomb on the Russian A321 plane.

According to Reuters’ report, anonymous sources told the agency that the mechanic, whose cousin is purportedly part of “Islamic State” in Syria, was detained, in addition to two policemen and a luggage worker.

The Ministry of Interior however denied that anyone was detained. In addition, EgyptAir officials said there are no suspects among the workers, the report added.

An informed source told Daily News Egypt that one of the main perpetrators is freight worker who managed to plant an explosive package in the plane’s cargo.

Egypt previously declared that there is no evidence that the plane was downed due to a “terrorist act”.

However, Moscow announced in November that the plane was downed in a terrorist attack, after its investigation committee said it had found explosive material in the remains.

Further, Russian media outlets reported on Thursday that Russian intelligence services officers had established the identities of several terrorists involved in preparing the terrorist attack aboard the plane, including the perpetrator of the attack on the Russian plane, who smuggled explosives aboard the aircraft.

The Kremlin has declined to comment on the reports, according to the governmental news agency TASS.

The Russian tabloid Life Now reported on Thursday that the latest recorded whereabouts of the alleged perpetrator is Turkey.

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