(REUTERS) Russia has spoken out on the demise of Russian Metrojet Flight 9268, which crashed into the Sinai desert last month on its way out of Egypt’s resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh.
The head of Russia’s Federal Security Service, Alexander Bortnikov, confirmed the findings in a late night meeting on Monday.
“We’ve studied personal belongings, luggage and parts of the plane which crashed over Egypt on October 31. According to the results of carried out tests on those items I’ve mentioned, traces of an explosive of foreign origin have been found.
“According to an analysis by our specialists, a homemade bomb containing up to 1kg of TNT detonated during the flight, causing the plane to break up in mid-air, which explains why parts of the fuselage were spread over such a large area,” Bortnikov revealed at the meeting.
In response, Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed merciless retribution.
“We should not apply time limits; we should know them all by name. We will search for them everywhere, wherever they are hiding. We will find them in any spot on the planet and punish them,” he said.