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Was the Polish President’s Plane Bombed?

Two years ago, tragedy struck Poland when a plane carrying the Polish president and 95 other people crashed in eastern Russia. Although some suspected foul play on the part of Russia at the time, there had been little evidence to back this up and the consensus holds that the crash was just an unfortunate accident. But one Polish newspaper is now stirring the pot, reporting that explosives were found around the wing and cabin of the plane. Reuters reports:

Without citing sources, the newspaper said prosecutors and explosive experts who examined the remains of the plane in Russia found signs of TNT and nitroglycerin on the wings and in the cabin, including on 30 seats.

Traces of explosives were also found in the area where the Tu-154 crashed during its approach to a small airport near the Russian city of Smolensk on April 10, 2010, the daily reported.

Even if the newspaper’s claims check out (and recents statements from the Polish military suggest that they won’t), we’ll probably never know exactly what’s going on here. Some have even suggested that the explosives residue could be the result of World War II bombs near the crash site. But one thing is certain: Poland and Russia have never trusted each other in their long histories, and this new controversy will only make the Polish even more suspicious of their neighbor to the east.

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