Control Risks to review Egypt’s airport security after Russian plane crash
British tourists leave after finishing their holidays, at the airport of the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, November 6, 2015. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

CAIRO: Egypt has hired global consultancy Control Risks to review security at some of its airports, tourism minister Hisham Zaazou said on Tuesday, after a plane carrying Russian tourists crashed over the Sinai Peninsula in October killing all aboard.

Egypt said this month it had found no evidence so far of terrorism or other illegal action linked to the crash, which killed 224 people, but Russia said in November that the plane was brought down by a bomb.

Islamic State, the militant group that has seized swathes of Iraq and Syria in the last two years, claimed responsibility and said it had smuggled a bomb on board hidden in a soft drink can.

The crash has hit Egypt’s tourism sector hard, with airlines cancelling flights to Sharm al-Sheikh, the Red Sea resort from which the flight took off.

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