ISIS: Cooldrink can bomb downed Russian plane

2015-11-18 19:31
This image made available in the Islamic State's English-language magazine Dabiq, claims to show the bomb that was used to blow up a Metrojet passenger plane.  (Militant photo, via AP)

This image made available in the Islamic State's English-language magazine Dabiq, claims to show the bomb that was used to blow up a Metrojet passenger plane. (Militant photo, via AP)

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Cairo - Islamic State released on Wednesday a photo of a bomb the extremist militia purported to have used to bring down a Russian passenger jet in Egypt last month, killing all 224 people on board.

In the latest edition of its English-language Dabiq magazine - entitled Just Terror and circulated via social media - the al-Qaeda splinter group shows a Schweppes Gold cooldrink can it says contained explosives.

The magazine claims Islamic State targeted the plane because of the airstrikes Russia started in September inside Syria to help allied President Bashar Assad.

"This was to show the Russians and whoever allies with them that they will have no safety in the lands and airspace of the Muslims," the magazine said, calling the passengers "Crusaders".

The photo release comes a day after Russia confirmed that the Airbus A321 was brought down in Egypt's Sinai by a terrorist bomb.

The airliner was heading from the popular Egyptian resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh to Russia's second-largest city, St Petersburg, when it exploded in mid-air about 20 minutes after take-off on October 31.

The crash was the deadliest civil aviation disaster in Russian history.

Egypt insists it is too early to determine the cause of the tragedy.

The presidents of Russia and Egypt on Wednesday called for greater international efforts against terrorism.

Global powers should take "firm and deterrent steps against forces of militancy and terrorism", Russia's Vladimir Putin and Egypt's Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi agreed in a phone call.

"Establishing security and restoring stability to Middle Eastern countries that are experiencing disputes will effectively help defeat and prevent terrorism in many parts of the world," el-Sisi's office said in a statement carried by the official Middle East News Agency.

El-Sisi met with the country's top army commanders on Wednesday and reviewed the situation in Sinai, where the military has been battling militants for months.

El-Sisi, who is an ex-general, was briefed on military moves against "terrorist elements", state television reported without giving details.

Earlier this month, Moscow suspended commercial flights to Egypt, allowing only return flights without luggage in order to get Russian citizens back home.

Other countries have halted flights to Sharm el-Sheikh, dealing a major blow to Egypt's main tourist destination. Egypt's economy heavily depends on tourism

Russian newspaper Kommersant reported on Wednesday that the bomb was most likely placed under a passenger's seat near a window at the end of the Metrojet plane.

That scenario would explain why the airliner's tail section detached from the rest of the plane and a metre-wide hole was formed in that part of the fuselage with signs of an explosion, the newspaper said, citing Russia's Federal Security Service. 

The newspaper refuted earlier reports that a bomb might have been placed in the airliner's luggage hold.

On Tuesday, Russian tabloid Life News, which is reputed to have extensive sources in law enforcement, released a video of investigators at the crash site removing a destroyed suitcase that could have held a bomb.

The explosive material acetone peroxide might have been used to make the bomb, as has been done in past attacks by Islamic State terrorists, a former Defence Ministry official told Life News.

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