Can’t rule out terror plot in Sinai plane crash: US intelligence chief

Asked if Islamic State extremists had the capabilities to bring down a passenger jet, he said, "It's unlikely, but I wouldn't rule it out."

By: PTI | St Petersberg | Updated: November 2, 2015 8:14:13 pm
Sinai, Russia, Egypt, Sinai plane crash, Russia plane crash, Egypt plane crash, Sinai plane, Russia plane, Egypt plane, Islamic State, Islamic State plane crash, ISIS, ISIS plane crash, ISIS Russia, ISIS Sinai, Russia News, SInai News, World NEws In this photo made available Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, and provided by Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, Egyptian Military experts examine a piece of an engine at the wreckage of a passenger jet bound for St. Petersburg in Russia that crashed in Hassana, Egypt, on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations via AP)

James Clapper, the US director of national intelligence, says he could not rule out that the Russian passenger plane which crashed in the Sinai was brought down by Islamic State extremists.

Clapper told reporters in Washington that “we don’t have any direct evidence of any terrorist involvement yet” in the crash Saturday that killed all 224 people on the Metrojet.

But he noted that the Islamic State group, which has claimed responsibility, has a significant presence in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Asked if Islamic State extremists had the capabilities to bring down a passenger jet, he said, “It’s unlikely, but I wouldn’t rule it out.”

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