Russia’s security service has offered a $50 million reward for any information that leads to the arrest of those who brought down a plane over Egypt last month.
It comes after Russian authorities confirmed a bomb caused the deadly crash, killing all 224 people on board.
Russia’s security chief Alexander Bortnikov confirmed the news in a Kremlin statement released today.
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The bomb contained the equivalent of one kilogram of TNT, Mr Bortnikov said. “One can say unambiguously that it was a terror act,” he said.
The country’s federal security service, known as the FSB, has since announced the $50m reward for information on its website.
The FSB appealed for “help in identifying the terrorists”.
“There will be a reward of $50 million for information helping to arrest the criminals,” a statement on its website reads.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has also vowed to “intensify” airstrikes in Syria, following the advice that terrorists caused the crash. Mr Putin called the attack “one of the bloodiest crimes”, and vowed to punish ISIL.
In a statement he said: “We will search for them anywhere they might hide. We will find them in any part of the world and punish them. The combat work of our aviation in Syria must not only be continued; it must be intensified so that the criminals understand that vengeance is inevitable.”
The Russian Airbus A321 Metrojet Flight 7K9268 crashed in a mountainous area of the Sinai Peninsula last month. An Islamic State (ISIL) group affiliate in Egypt later claimed responsibility for the crash.
Meanwhile, two employees of Egypt’s Sharm al-Sheikh airport, where the plane took off from, have been detained for questioning over the crash. The employees are among 17 people being held for questioning, with officials saying the employees are suspected of helping whoever planted the bomb on the plane.