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US Intelligence: Metrojet A321 Likely Brought Down by ISIL Attack

Britain and Ireland stop flights from Sharm elSheikh because of bomb fears

According to an unnamed US intelligence official speaking to CNN, the latest intel suggests that Metrojet Flight 9268 was likely brought down by an explosive device planted by ISIL or an ISIL affiliate.

“There is a definite feeling it was an explosive device planted in luggage or somewhere on the plane,” the officials told CNN’s Barbara Starr. “The feeling is that the explosive device somehow got by Sinai officials,” Starr added.

The new assessment is based on intelligence reports collected gathered prior to Saturday’s incident. The official said “there had been additional activity in Sinai that had caught our attention.”

The official stressed, however, that no formal conclusion has yet been reached.