Egypt, Russia brush aside IS claim on plane crash

Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail told the media on Saturday that there did not appear to be any unusual activity behind the crash of the Russian flight and that facts would not be clear pending further investigation.
A militant group affiliated to Islamic State in Egypt on the Sinai peninsula has said it brought down the plane “in response to Russian airstrikes” in Syria, but Russia’s Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov described the claim as “can’t be considered accurate.”
The crashed Airbus A321 was flying from Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg in Russia when it went down in central Sinai 23 minutes after takeoff upon daybreak on Saturday. The flight is operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia under the brand-name Metrojet.

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