ISIS, which claimed responsibility for the Russian plane crash that resulted in the death of 224 people last month, released an image that supposedly shows the improvised explosive device used to blow up the jet.
According to the New York Times, the picture was published in the latest issue of Dabiq, which is the Islamic State’s online magazine.
The picture shows what ISIS claims to be components of an IED: A Schweppes can and two wired devices. One of the wired devices had a switch while the other didn’t.
The picture comes with a caption that says, “EXCLUSIVE – Image of the IED used to bring down the Russian airliner.”
The authenticity of the claim, and whether or not the device shown in the picture was used to bring down the plane could not be determined immediately.
According to Russian officials, the debris from the plane suggests that there was a bomb on the plane.
An article in the ISIS magazine said that Russia’s arrogance in bombing Syria made ISIS operatives in the Sinai Peninsula take action.
The ISIS operatives decided not to blow up a plane from one of the countries participating in the American-led coalition against ISIS and attacked the Russian plane instead.
“It was a rash decision of arrogance from Russia,” the article says. “And so after having discovered a way to compromise the security at the Sharm el Sheikh International Airport and resolving to bring down a plane belonging to a nation in the American-led Western coalition against the Islamic State, the target was changed to a Russian plane. A bomb was smuggled onto the airplane, leading to the deaths of 219 Russians and five other crusaders only a month after Russia’s thoughtless decision.”
The magazine also said that ISIS had not forgotten about the French airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq which started last year. The airstrikes led to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi vowing revenge against France.
“Thus the Islamic State dispatched its brave knights to wage war,” the article says. “The eight knights brought Paris down to its knees, after years of French conceit in the face of Islam.”
The magazine did not provide any details on how the Paris attacks were planned and executed.
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