Action stepped up as investigators confirm ISIS blew up tourist jet
Russian President, Vladimir Putin has put a £33 million (US$50 million) bounty on the heads of those responsible for the bombing of a Russian tourist flight from Egypt.
The reward was announced after the country confirmed that a homemade bomb took down Metrojet flight 9268, last month, killing all 224 holiday-makers travelling from Sharm al-Sheikh to St Petersburg.
The terrorist organisation, ISIS, claimed responsibility for the blast.
Russia’s General Staff, Valery Gerasimov said that on Tuesday alone, Russian air force flew 65 sorties. Among the targets destroyed were eight command centres, eight armouries, four plants for making explosives and six fuel storage tanks.
Russian aircraft also launched 34 cruise missiles, destroying 14 terrorist targets.
As the country stepped up its bombardment of ISIS forces in Syria, Putin announced his determination to obliterate the militant Islamist movement.
He said Russians would not dry their tears until they find and punish those responsible.
“This is not the first time Russia experiences barbaric terrorist crime. We remember everything and everyone. We will search wherever they may be hiding. We will find them anywhere on the planet and punish them,” said a resolute Putin.
He also ordered long range bombers to double the volume of airstrikes on ISIS targets in Syria and told a navy cruiser to coordinate operations with French naval forces in the Mediterranean.
“By conducting military missions in Syria, you are protecting Russia and her citizens,” Putin told his military chiefs. “Our air campaign in Syria must not only be continued, it must be boosted, in such a way that the criminals are made aware that retribution is inevitable.”
France also stepped up its attacks on ISIS targets in Syria after the organisation carried out a brutal attack in Paris leaving more than 130 dead and more than 350 wounded.
France also called on other countries to join a military coalition against the terrorist organisation.
In the UK, Prime Minister David Cameron has said that it is his “firm conviction” that Britain should extend its airstrikes against ISIS targets from Iraq to Syria, as he announced plans to return to Parliament for a vote to support British military action in Syria.
In Egypt, authorities arrested two employees at Sharm al-Sheikh airport.