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The wreckage lies scattered over a desolate area of the Sinai region in Egypt (photo courtesy of CNN/Getty Images)

Russian Plane Crash suspected to be caused by bomb, US officials say

U.S. officials have stated that evidence has shown that the Russian jet that crashed on Saturday could have been the result of a bomb attack.

The passenger jet was carrying tourists flying from Sharm el Sheikh, a popular tourist destination in the Sinai region of Egypt, to St. Petersburg in Russia. All 224 people on board were killed, all but 5 of them Russian. Many of them were families, with the youngest being a 10 month old baby and her parents Aleksei and Tatiana Gromova being 3 of the victims in the crash.

Mourners gather in Russia to grieve the passing of the passengers on board the doomed flight (Photo courtesy of ABC)

Mourners gather in Russia to grieve the passing of the passengers on board the doomed flight (Photo courtesy of ABC)

Since the crash occurred, the Egyptian section of the terrorist group ISIS claimed responsibility for the downing of the plane, after many officials in both Russia and Egypt firmly denied that the crash was as a result of any faults in the plane or by the pilots.

Russia has been bombing possible Islamic State targets since September this year. Russia, however, has disputed the claims that ISIL-Sinai were to blame for a bomb on the plane, saying that there was “no indication so far that a bomb was to blame”.

The luggage, retrieved from the wreckage of the plane (photo courtesy of CNN/Getty Images)

The luggage, retrieved from the wreckage of the plane (photo courtesy of CNN/Getty Images)

The latest US intelligence however has stressed that no formal conclusion has been reached as to the bombing of the plane, however there is the suggestion that the bomb being on the plane was “more than likely”.

Today, thousands of tourists are stranded in the popular tourist destination, after flights were stopped due to terrorism fears.

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