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Intel Officials: Terrorist Bomb May Have Downed MetroJet in Sinai

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

British and U.S. intelligence officials said Wednesday that MetroJet Flight 9268 crashed in the Sinai Peninsula last weekend may have been due to a mid-air explosion from a bomb planted by Da’esh (ISIS).

The terrorists may have used a barometric pressure bomb formed from the plastic explosive PETN, according to a report on CNN.

Within hours of the crash, Da’esh claimed responsibility, subsequently taunting in an audio statement on social media: “We are not forced to disclose the mechanism of our downing it. So you may bring the wreckage of the plane and search it, and you may bring your black box and analyze it. Report to us the conclusions.”

Britain has suspended all flights to and from Sharm el-Sheikh, where the doomed flight originated, at least for now, and has issued a travel advisory for its citizens against “all but essential travel” to the Egyptian resort. Britain has also sent its own officials to the airport at Sharm el-Sheikh to supervise current flights departing with citizens to the UK.

Initial inspection of the flight data recorder recovered from the aircraft indicated the recording ceased abruptly, according to a European official who spoke with media.

That evidence supports the likelihood of a mid-air explosion, as did the U.S. satellite imagery of sudden flashes in the atmosphere above the crash site. U.S. officials, who are not formally part of the investigation, told the New York Times on Tuesday that it is still too early to reach any conclusions about the cause of the crash.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a statement, however, “We have concluded there is a significant possibility that the crash was caused by an explosive device on board the aircraft.”

All 224 on board the flight en route to St. Petersburg lost their lives. Currently the UK government estimates there are up to 20,000 citizens in Sharm el-Sheikh.

It is not clear how they will be able to leave, if they choose to do so, once current flights to the UK are completed. “Passengers who are on the ground in Sharm el-Sheikh will be returned to the UK,” Hammond said. “We are working with the airlines, and the Egyptian authorities put in place emergency procedures and additional screening and additional security” to get them home.

Russian Officials Says Plane Broke in Mid-Air Raising Speculation of a Bomb On Board

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

(JNi.media) The Russian Airbus that crashed in the Sinai Saturday, killing all 224 people on board, broke apart “in the air,” according to a senior official of the Russian Interstate Aviation Committee. RIA-Novosti reported that committee chief Viktor Sorochenko believes “the disintegration happened in the air and the fragments are strewn over a large area.” However, Sorochenko cautioned it was “too early to draw conclusions.” Sorochenko is part of an international panel of experts from Russia, Egypt, France and Ireland investigating the crash.

According to The Telegraph, Egypt’s civil aviation minister Hossam Kamal reported there was been no evidence of problems during the flight: “Up until the crash happened, we were never informed of any faults in the plane, nor did we receive any SOS calls,” Kamal said. All contact with air traffic control was normal, and the routine, pre-flight checks showed no problems, he added.

Earlier, Ayman al-Muqadem, a member of the Egyptian Aviation Incidents Committee, said the pilot reported technical difficulties before losing contact with air traffic controllers, and asked to land at the nearest airport.

Experts have doubted ISIS’ boasting, accompanied by a video claiming to show that their affiliates in the Sinai shot the plane down, suggesting it was impossible for a shoulder-mounted rocket launcher to hit the plane at its cruising altitude of 31,000 ft. However, an advanced surface-to-air missile could do it. Should ISIS have been able to acquire such a system in Iraq or Syria and manage to transport it to the Sinai, under the watch of both the Egyptian and Israeli armies—then taking down an Airbus could have been carried out.

Le Parisien quoted former French intelligence agent Yves Trotignon, who pointed out that ISIS’ claim was vague on how the flight was actually destroyed. Normally, the ISIS videos showing the downing of enemy aircraft are accompanied by a live sound track, rife with astonished cries of “Allahu akbar” as the target is hit. The newest video is silent, accompanied by an Arabic song track. It also starts with a plane flying and getting hit, absent the usual “before” shots that lend the video context and authenticity.

“The [ISIS] statement does not say they shot it down, but that they destroyed it,” Trotignon said. “You could imagine explosives on board, or sabotage.”

Delta Flight to Israel Cleared Following Bomb Threat

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Delta flights number 468 was cleared to fly following a bomb threat on Monday. The caller, who called twice, claimed there was a pipe bomb on the airplane.

All the passengers disembarked while the plane was searched.

Delta actually has two flight numbers 468. One is their New York-Tel Aviv route and the other is their San Francisco-New York route.

Both flights were checked and cleared and continued on their way.

Egyptian Police Defusing Possible Bomb Outside Adly St. Synagogue

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Police sent in a robot to defuse what appears to be a bomb outside the Adly Street Synagoue in Cairo, according to a Twitter report.

The shul’s official name is the Sha’ar Hashamayim Synagogue.

There was an attempt to bomb the synagogue in 2010, but the attempt failed.

No further information is available at this time.

Fake Bomb Planted Near Shavei Shomron

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

A device, a gas canister with wires, was left near the Shavei Shomron intersection this morning, designed to look like a bomb.

The road was closed for 45 minutes while security forces dealt with it.

Sappers ultimately discovered it was a fake, and the road was reopened to traffic.

Homemade Bomb Discovered at Tapuach junction

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli military bomb sappers detonated a homemade bomb placed at a bus shelter in the northern West Bank.

The device was discovered on Friday morning near the Tapuach junction, located near the West Banks city of Ariel and the Palestinian city of Shechem (Nablus).

It was later determined that the device, an empty can connected to a cell phone, was a fake.

The fake bomb was placed in the same place as a real bomb that went off late last night in what was determined to be a terror attack. No one was injured in that attack.

Also this month, two Palestinians were arrested at a checkpoint at the junction for carrying three pipebombs and a weapon.

Other attempted and successful attacks have occurred at the junction in recent months.

2 Gazan Killed, 3 Injured by Bomb

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Arab media is reporting that 2 Gazans have been killed, and at least 3 have been injured from a bomb that was found inside a house in the Shujaiya neighborhood of Gaza City.

The two 23 year old victims found the bomb, began to tinker with it, and it exploded.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/2-gazan-killed-3-injured-by-bomb/2014/09/19/

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