US officials claim Russian plane brought down by Islamic State bomb

The latest U.S intelligence suggests that the crash of the Russian passenger jet in Egypt was most likely caused by a bomb planted by the Islamic State, according to reports.

CNN is reporting that the crash over the weekend, which killed all 224 on board, was likely due to the extremist group or an affiliate.

However, officials have stressed a formal conclusion has not been reached by the U.S. intelligence community.


“There is a definite feeling it was an explosive device planted in luggage or somewhere on the plane,” the official, who is familiar with the latest U.S. intelligence analysis of the crash, told CNN.

It comes after the British government announced Wednesday that it had “become concerned that the plane may well have been brought down by an explosive device.”

The British government did not detail precisely how it reached that conclusion.

Militants from the Islamic State group have said they were responsible for downing the plane but provided no details, prompting scepticism about the claim.

IS’s Egyptian affiliate on Wednesday said in a Twitter audio message “we will disclose the mechanism of its demise at the time that we want”.

British aviation experts have been dispatched to Sharm el-Sheikh to assess the security situation and flights back to Britain from the resort are being held until the assessment is completed.