VIA| After nearly a month of investigating, Russian officials have determined the cause of a fatal plane crash in Sinai, Egypt.
The Russian government has now confirmed that the plane was taken down by “a homemade device with the power of 1.5 kilograms of TNT” in an act of terror.
Until this point, there was a lot of speculation as to what could’ve caused the plane to explode. “After the examination on all these objects, we have found traces of a foreign-made explosive substance,” said Russian Federal Security Service director Aleksandr Bortnikov. “We can say that that [Sinai plane crash] was a terror act.”
The Russian government insists that it will not be “wiping tears from our soul and heart,” and that these horrific acts will not “stop [Russia] from finding and punishing the culprit.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated that the “military work in Syria must not only continue. It must be strengthened in such a way so that the terrorists will understand that retribution is inevitable.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses members of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, October 1, 2015. Putin said on Thursday that assertions that civilians had been killed in Russian air strikes in Syria were an “information attack”.
The Federal Security Service director for Russia also announced a $50 million reward for information regarding the terrorist attack.
“We look forward in the course of this work to all our friends, including in finding and punishing the criminals. Those who attempt to assist criminals should be aware that the consequences of such attempts will be entirely their responsibility.”
This news coincides with recent reports of cooperation between Russia and other UN security council members, including the U.S.
Following the tragedy in Paris, many world leaders have since discussed joining forces to combat extremism. A team effort will be needed in order to truly fight back against ISIS and other terror organizations.