Updates at the end
British spies have uncovered evidence that suggests a bomb was smuggled into the hold of the Russian jet that crashed in Egypt, killing 224 people according to Sky News.
UK intelligence found evidence of the plot in intercepts picked up as part of a review of material carried out in the wake of the 31 October disaster, Sky News reported Friday morning.
The intelligence was missed in the first place.
It was this discovery that led Britain to send experts to Sharm el Sheikh to review airport security. As a result, all flights had been suspended though flights to take returning passengers home began again Friday.
Sky’s Foreign Affairs Editor Sam Kiley said: “Following the downing of the aircraft, British intelligence went back over existing material and began to see some kind of signal that indicated a bomb had been placed on this aircraft.”
Egypt and Russia have been playing down the possibility and this discovery has led to a disagreement with Britain. They are demanding to see the Russian intelligence but revealing it might also reveal how they got it.
It’s causing panic among tourists who have checked out of hotels and now wait at the airport and there’s panic among the Egyptians.
Some planes have flown to the UK with their holds sealed. Luggage will follow.
Dutch airline KLM has announced passengers on its flight from Cairo to Amsterdam on Friday will only be allowed to travel with hand luggage amid security concerns, while Air France stepped up security checks without changing its luggage policy.
Tourists in Egypt said talk of a terrorist attack had caused “panic”.
West Londoner Lauryn Mudzimu, 35, said: “Some people are due to leave on the 12th, but they have gone to the airport.
“A lot of people have checked out and left their hotels. They were in a panic saying they have to go.
“The locals are in panic as well, and that’s affecting business and work.”
ISIS released a video claiming credit, calling Putin a pig, however there are no shortage of suspects among the terror groups. ISIS confirmed twice.
The telegraph reported that a flight with 189 passengers on board had to avoid a military missile when landing at Sharm el-Sheikh airport just over two months ago. The missile passed within 1000 feet of the plane. It has emerged that US intercepted ‘intelligence chatter’ of Isil jihadis ‘celebrating’ downed Russian jet