Traces of explosives have been found on some of the bodies of the passengers who were killed last May in the EgyptAir plane crash in the Mediterranean Sea.

Flight MS804 dropped from the radar while carrying 66 travelers and crew members on a route from Paris to Cairo.

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There were no survivors in the crash, and there has been no claim of responsibility from any terrorist group.

Findings from the recording in the plane’s black box confirmed there was a fire on board the aircraft before the crash, but investigators could not discern whether there was a technical, or intentional – more ominous – cause to the flames.

Following the evidence of the explosive material discovered on the bodies, a criminal investigation is now being launched by Egypt’s public prosecutor, according to the country’s Civil Aviation officials.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.