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UK flights from Sharm el-Sheikh grounded

By Neil Lancefield

Flights from Sharm el-Sheikh to the UK were suspended last night amid fears that a Russian plane was brought down by a bomb, Downing Street has said.

The "precautionary" move is to allow time for a specialist British team to assess security arrangements in the Egyptian resort, where there are believed to be as many as 20,000 Britons at present. David Cameron summoned senior ministers and security officials for a meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra committee to discuss the latest developments.

He will hold face-to-face talks today with Egyptian president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who was due to arrive in the UK last night for a controversial scheduled visit to the UK.

All 224 people on board were killed when the Metrojet flight bound for St Petersburg from Sharm came down in the Sinai desert last Saturday. The nature of the crash and the lack of an SOS call have fuelled speculation that it was caused by a bomb or missile.

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