Islamic State releases photo of ‘Schweppes bomb’ that downed Russian airliner

Islamic State shows components purportedly used to blow up plane. It includes a soft drink can, an apparent detonator and a switch. Experts say it is feasible such a device could bring down a plane. Group also claims to have passports of Russian crash victims. Details are in group’s online magazine

November 19, 2015 09:34 am | Updated October 18, 2016 10:22 am IST - CAIRO

The Islamic State’s official magazine Dabiq carried a photo on Wednesday of what it said was the improvised bomb that brought down the Russian airliner over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula last month, killing 224 people on board.

The photo showed a can of Schweppes Gold soft drink and what appeared to be a detonator and switch on a blue background.

“The divided Crusaders of the East and West thought themselves safe in their jets as they cowardly bombarded the Muslims of the Caliphate,” Dabiq said. “And so revenge was exacted on those who felt safe in the cockpits.”

The IS also published a photo of what it said were passports belonging to dead Russians “obtained by the mujahideen”. The group said it had initially planned to bring down a plane belonging to a country participating in the U.S.-led coalition bombing it in Syria and Iraq but changed course after Moscow started its own air strikes campaign in Syria.

“A bomb was smuggled onto the airplane only a month after Russia’s thoughtless decision.” The Islamic State said on Wednesday it killed a Chinese and a Norwegian hostage, two months after it had demanded a ransom for the pair’s release.

Dabiq magazine featured graphic photos of what appeared to be the bloodied bodies of Chinese hostage Fan Jinghui and Norwegian Ole-Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad.

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