Egypt’s politics digest Sept. 9: Egypt investigators recreate how Russian plane disintegrated over Sinai; group claims responsibility for killing of police officer
The Metrojet's Airbus A-321 with registration number EI-ETJ that crashed in Egypt's Sinai peninsula, is seen in this picture taken in Antalya

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Egypt investigators recreate how Russian plane disintegrated over Sinai

(Reuters): Investigators have pieced together the remains of a Russian plane that crashed in October over Sinai and established the point at which its disintegration likely began, the Egyptian-led investigative committee said on Thursday.

Islamic State said it brought down the plane with a bomb smuggled inside a fizzy drink can. Russia and Western governments said a bomb destroyed the plane and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said the cause was terrorism; but investigators have yet to confirm this.

Reassembling the wreckage would help clarify the Islamic State account of events and how any explosives might have been secreted aboard.

The Airbus A321, operated by Metrojet, had been returning Russian holidaymakers from the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh to St Petersburg when it broke up over Sinai, killing all 224 on board.

“The committee has concluded that a specific part is the one most likely to have been situated where the plane began to come apart,” a committee statement said.

 

Tunisia delegation praises Egypt’s safety, security status

A Tunisian delegation to Egypt said that the country’s security and safe status enhances more cooperation between both countries, Youm7 reported.

Khaled el-Bakoush, the head of the delegation that was visiting the Egyptian parliament’s headquarters Thursday, added that the delegation will promote Egypt’s stance in Tunisia.

 

Group claims responsibility for killing of Cairo police officer

A group called “Hasm Movement” claimed responsibility for the killing of a low-ranking police officer in Cairo’s southern city of 6 October on Thursday, Youm7 reported.

Salah Mohamed, the policeman, was killed in his car on way to work in a police station in the 6 October City on Thursday afternoon.

The group has published pictures of the killing on its Facebook page.

It also claimed responsibility for the attempted assassination of Egypt’s former Mufti Ali Gomaa that took place last month before the religious cleric gives Friday sermon.

Egypt has witnessed a significant rise in militancy since the military-backed ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule. According to the Interior Ministry, militant attacks have killed more than 500 security personnel since then.

 

4 militants killed, 12 terrorist hubs destroyed in N. Sinai

A security source in North Sinai said that four militants were killed and 12 terrorist hubs were destroyed amid security operation over the past few hours, according to Youm7.

On the other hand, Arish hospital received three residents killed after a missile fall on a South Arish home.

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