In a newly released edition of ISIS’ online magazine, the terror organization released images of the bomb that brought down Russian flight 9268 last month, killing all 224 onboard. On Thursday, they admitted that the Russian flight was not the original target. ISIS was originally planning to shoot down a Western flight. The photograph shows a soft drink can and two components that appear to be a detonator and a switch, explosives expert Anthony May said to CNN. There is a hole in the bottom of the can, which reveals a white substance inside that could be explosives, he said. The detonator would be placed through the hole, he said.
The three components appeared to constitute a “suicide-type bomb” because the bomber would have to flip the single-throw rocker switch to detonate the bomb, May said. Russia believes the device was snuck aboard the plane and detonated using a timer device that was set for one hour. FSB believes the bomb contained industrially produced explosive such as plastique or TNT, and that it probably exploded in the passenger cabin, possibly beneath a passenger’s seat and next to a window towards the rear of the fuselage. May acknowledged the apparent simplicity and lethality of the bomb.
It doesn’t take much to bring down a plane in flight if it’s placed in the most critical area of the aircraft, breaking the fuselage,” “any typical security protocol should detect this via the metal detectors or via the x-rays” “However, it’s not unlikely or impossible to separate these components, and an individual carry a separate component through security and then assemble the device on the other side.”
In the publication, ISIS said Russia’s airstrikes in Syria were “a rash decision of arrogance.” ISIS also said the photographed soda can and other components were the “IED used to bring down the Russian airliner.” Russia said explosives weighing up to 1 kilogram, a little more than 2 pounds, brought down Metrojet 9268, which means ISIS’ claim it used a bomb the size of a soda can is plausible. ISIS also published a photo of what it said were passports belonging to dead Russians “obtained by the mujahedeen.” The bomb may have been smuggled on board by airport service personnel in charge of cleaning, or delivering baggage and food.
The magazine emphasizes the message that the Russian jet was targeted after Vladimir Putin ordered air strikes inside Syria – a common theme throughout much of the group’s recent propaganda. Elsewhere in the magazine, the group makes a number of references to the attacks on Paris last Friday. It claims that its “eight knights brought Paris down on its knees” and boasts that France declared a sense of emergency. None of the suspected Paris attackers appear to be mentioned by name. The magazine also includes an article allegedly written by captive British journalist John Cantlie. Isis claims to have executed a Chinese and a Norwegian captive. The two men were described in the previous issue as “for sale”.