Egypt denies detention of suspects over Russian plane crash
The arrival hall is empty at the Sharm el-Sheikh Airport in south Sinai, Egypt. Monday Nov. 9. AP
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CAIRO: Egypt has denied media reports claiming that the Egyptian authorities have detained two Egyptian suspects for involvement in downing a Russian passenger plane in Sinai Oct. 31, the Ministry of Interior stated Tuesday.

“Such reports are groundless,” the statement added, without going into further details.

Reuters reported Tuesday that the Egyptian authorities at Sharm el Sheikh Airport had detained two airport employees suspected of involvement in planting a bomb onboard of the 224-passnger Russian plane.

On Oct. 31, the Russian Airbus A321, carrying 224 passengers and crew, crashed in Central Sinai about 23 minutes after it took off from Sharm el Sheikh Airport. The U.K. and U.S. have stated that the plane was downed by a terrorist act; however, Both Egyptian and Russian authorities previously denied such remarks pending the final results of the investigation committee.

Following plane crash, an Islamic state affiliate in Egypt claimed its responsibility for downing the plane, as revenge for Russian strikes on the Islamic State group in Syria.

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