Russia: Plane brought down by homemade explosive device

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MOSCOW — The head of Russia’s FSB security service says the crash of the passenger plane in Egypt was the result of a ‘terrorist’ act.

Alexander Bortnikov told President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday that a homemade explosive device blew up on the plane. The bomb was estimated to contain about 2.2 pounds of explosives. It had the explosive power of about one kilogram of TNT.

All 224 people on board the plane, most of them Russian tourists, were killed in the Oct. 31 crash.

Russia’s FSB security service has offered a $50 million reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for downing the plane.

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