London: Information intercepted by the US and British spies suggested the bomb may have been carried onto the Russian plane, on its cargo deck, that crashed in Egypt last week, UK media reported on Friday.
The Times said the information came to the light after a joint US-British intelligence operation “used satellites to uncover electronic communications” between IS militants in Syria and Egypt, without giving a source for information.
“The tone and content of the messages convinced analysts that a bomb had been carried on board by a passenger or a member of the airport ground staff,” said The Times, which was recently given rare access to the British communications spying agency GCHQ. A spokeswoman for British Prime Minister David Cameron refused to comment on the report, saying, “We’re not going to get into details on intelligence matters”.
Britain has temporarily suspended flights between the Red Sea resort — where an estimated 20,000 of its nationals are on holiday — and UK airports on the basis of intelligence information.
The Daily Telegraph reported “crucial intelligence” came to light after British and US services “went back over communications of fanatics in the region”.
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