ISIS releases image of improvised Russian plane bomb

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The photo showed a can of Schweppes Gold soft drink and what appeared to be a detonator and switch on a blue background. (Photo courtesy: Twitter)

ARA News

ISTANBUL – ISIS announced Wednesday it smuggled an explosive device on board of the Russian airplane that crashed last month, after reaching a compromise with some security members at the Egyptian airport. 

The radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) stated in its official online magazine Dabiq that it had planned to target a plane belonging to a country participating in bombing the group’s locations in Iraq and Syria.

The ISIS official magazine revealed that the group has later decided to target the Russian plane departing the touristic area of Sharm al-Sheikh in Egypt.

“The bomb caused the death of 219 Russian people and five more crusaders only a month after Russia’s heedless decision (of striking Syrians),” the group said in its Dabiq magazine.

Russia’s air campaign started in Syria on September 30.

The explosive device which was used by the group was a can of Schweppes Gold soft drink beside a mostly detonator and switch on a blue background, according to the photos published by the group.

Additionally, the magazine published a photo of passports it claimed belonging to the Russian victims “obtained by the mujahideen.”

ARA News could not verify the authenticity of the photos published by Dabiq magazine.

The downed plane was carrying Russian holidaymakers from the Egyptian resort in Sharm al-Sheikh to St Petersburg when it crashed over Sinai.

“Traces of foreign-made explosive had been found on fragments of the downed plane and on passengers’ personal belongings,” Alexander Bortnikov, the head of Russia’s FSB security service, has said, pointing out “the bomb probably contained around 1 kilogram of TNT.”

Egyptian authorities have not given a specific reason for the plane crash, calling on all sides to await the results of the investigations led by an Egyptian expert team.

In the same edition of Dabiq magazine, ISIS said it had executed a Chinese and a Norwegian hostage, showing photos it claimed belong to the Chinese hostage Fan Jinghui and Norwegian Ole-Johan Grimsgaard-Oftsad. 

“Executed after being abandoned by the nonbeliever nations and organisations,” a caption overlaid on one of the photos read. 

Reporting by: Egid Yousef

Source: ARA News

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