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Report: Airport Worker May Have Planted Bomb on Russian Plane

Sharm el-Sheikh airport
Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh Airport on Nov. 5, 2015.

Photo by Mohamed el-Shahed/AFP/Getty Images

The Russian plane that investigators are increasingly sure was brought down by a bomb on Oct. 31 may have been targeted by an employee of the Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport, ABC reports:

New evidence in the investigation of the Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt indicates an inside man may have helped to plant an explosive device on board, aviation security officials told ABC News.

Investigators today will be scrutinizing surveillance tape and employee records at Egypt’s Sharm el Sheikh airport, from which the Russian jet took off, looking for a ramp worker who authorities say may have been recruited by ISIS to plant a bomb on the plane.

ABC goes on to “electronic intercepts of ISIS, both before and after the crash, indicated that ISIS was in communication with someone at the airport.” CNN, meanwhile, reports that Israeli intelligence officials who monitor the Sinai peninsula—where the plane crashed—have passed intercepted ISIS-related messages to the U.S. and U.K.