Bomb responsible for Russian jet crash

  • Relatives react after a Russian airliner with 217 passengers and seven crew aboard crashed, as people gather at Russian airline Kogalymavia’s information desk at Pulkovo airport in St.Petersburg, Russia, Oct. 31, 2015.
  • A Russian investigator walks near wreckage a day after a passenger jet bound for St. Petersburg, Russia, crashed in Hassana, Egypt on Nov. 1, 2015. The Metrojet plane, bound for St. Petersburg in Russia, crashed 23 minutes after it took off from Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Saturday morning. The 224 people on board, all Russian except for four Ukrainians and one Belarusian, died.
  • An Egyptian soldier prays as emergency workers prepare to unload bodies of victims from the crash of a Russian aircraft over the Sinai peninsula from a police helicopter to ambulances at Kabrit military airport, some 20 miles north of Suez, Egypt, Oct. 31, 2015. A Russian Metrojet plane crashed Saturday morning in a mountainous region in the Sinai after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh, killing all 224 people aboard.
  • Relatives of passengers of MetroJet Airbus A321 weep at Pulkovo II international airport in St. Petersburg, Russia, Oct. 31, 2015.
  • Egyptian paramedics load the corpses of Russian victims of a Russian passenger plane crash in the Sinai Peninsula, into a military plane at Kabret military air base by the Suez Canal on Oct. 31, 2015.
  • A relative of those on the Metrojet flight that crashed in Egypt react as they gather to grieve at a hotel near St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo airport outside St.Petersburg, Russia, Oct. 31, 2015.
  • Police open the way for ambulances carrying the bodies of passengers of a Russian airliner which crashed in Sinai, into a morgue in Cairo, Egypt, Oct. 31, 2015. The Airbus A321, operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia under the brand name Metrojet, carrying 224 passengers crashed into a mountainous area of Egypt’s Sinai peninsula on Saturday shortly after losing radar contact near cruising altitude, killing all aboard.
  • Egyptian officials inspect the crash site of Russian Airliner in Suez, Egypt on Nov. 1, 2015. A Russian Airbus-321 airliner with 224 people aboard crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on yesterday. According to Egypts Civil Aviation Authority, the plane had been lost contact with air-traffic controllers shortly after taking off from the Egyptian Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh en route to St. Petersburg.
  • A relative of a passenger of MetroJet Airbus A321 weeps at Pulkovo II international airport in St. Petersburg, Russia, Oct. 31, 2015. A Russian plane that went missing in Egypt on Oct. 31 2015 with 224 aboard has crashed in the Sinai, the Egyptian Civil Aviation Ministry confirmed. The ministry said in a statement that the debris from the plane had been found near the al-Arish airport, in the Sinai Peninsula. The plane was headed to St Petersburg, in Russia, reported the Itar-Tass news agency. 
  • Clothes lie on the ground at the site of the Russian jet crash, Sinai, Egypt, Oct. 31, 2015. According to reports the Egyptian Government has dispatched more than 45 ambulances to the crash site of the Kogalymavia Metrojet Russian passenger jet, which disappeared from radar after requesting an emergency landing early Oct. 31, crashing in the mountainous al-Hasanah area of central Sinai.
  • A woman takes part in a memorial religious service for plane crash victims at the St.Isaac’s Cathedral in St.Petersburg, Russia, Nov. 8, 2015.  Mourners have packed into the landmark St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg for a memorial service for victims of the Russian plane crash, and as a choir sang, the bell of the world’s fourth-largest cathedral was tolling once for each of the 224 victims. Most of the victims were from St. Petersburg or other areas of northwest Russia. 
  • A relative reacts at Pulkovo international airport outside St Petersburg after an Airbus A321 of Russian airline Kogalymavia with 224 people on board crashed in a mountainous part of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on October 31, 2015. Egypt has recovered the black box of the Russian airliner that crashed on Oct. 31 in the restive Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people on board, the prime minister’s office said.
  • Mikhail, the grandson of one of the plane crash victims Nina Lushchenko, sits at her grave, during her funeral at a cemetery in the village of Sitnya, about 50 miles from Veliky Novgorod, Russia, Nov. 5, 2015.
  • Relatives grieve as the coffin of Nina Lushchenko, a victim of the Russian MetroJet Airbus A321 crash in Egypt, is carried to a funeral service at a church in Velikiy Novgorod, Russia, Nov. 5, 2015.
  • People react next to flowers and candles placed in memory of the victims of the Russian MetroJet Airbus A321 accident in Sinai, Egypt, at Dvortsovaya Square in St. Petersburg, Russia, Nov. 3, 2015. An Airbus A321 plane of Russian MetroJet airline en route from Sharm-el-Sheikh in Egypt to St. Petersburg crashed in the Sinai, Egypt, Oct. 31, 2015, killing all 224 people on board.

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MOSCOW — Traces of explosives have been found in the debris of the passenger jet that crashed in Egypt last month, the Kremlin announced on Tuesday as it unveiled a $50 million reward in the case.

A senior Egyptian official also later told NBC News that two employees at Sharm el-Sheikh airport had been detained in connection with the bombing. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source said the pair were being questioned on Tuesday. However, the country’s interior ministry issued a statement saying that no one had been “arrested.”

Alexander Bortnikov, the chief of Russia’s FSB domestic security agency, said that a bomb equivalent to 2.2 pounds of TNT exploded on board the aircraft, according to the Kremlin.

“You can definitely say that this is a terrorist act,” Bortnikov told a meeting of Russia’s Security Council on Monday.

The FSB, which is the successor to the KGB, also offered the $50 million reward for information on who brought down the jet.

Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed to hunt the perpetrators, saying that “we will find them anywhere on the globe, and punish them.”

He added: “We won’t be wiping tears from our souls and hearts. It will stay with us forever. But that won’t stop us from finding and punishing the criminals.”

Putin also used the announcement to reaffirm Russia’s commitment to airstrikes in Syria, where Moscow says it is bombing ISIS, the group that claimed responsibility for downing the plane.

Read more at NBCNews.com

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