The Islamic State group has unveiled on its official site a picture of the bomb that was used to bring down a Russian passenger Airbus A321, killing all 224 people on board.
The photo was published in the latest issue of the extremist group’s magazine, with the caption “EXCLUSIVE – Image of the IED used to bring down the Russian airliner.”
“The divided Crusaders of the East and West thought themselves safe in their jets as they cowardly bombarded the Muslims of the Caliphate,” the English language Dabiq magazine said in reference to Russia and the West. “And so revenge was exacted upon those who felt safe in the cockpits.”
“The picture showed a yellow can of Schweppes Gold, a flavored soda marketed in Egypt, and what appeared to be other bomb components made of plastic and metal. The group also published a picture of what it said were passports belonging to people who died in the plane crash,” Time writes.
Western governments have already confirmed that the airplane was likely brought down by a bomb and Moscow agreed with this cnclusion on Tuesday while the Egyptian government said it has still not found evidence of criminal action.
Bob Ayers, a former CIA officer and an international security analyst, shared with reporters that it would be “easy” to bring down a commercial place with a device hidden inside a soda can like the one the Islamic State group says it used against the Metrojet flight.
“To bring down an airplane, you don’t need to blow it apart, you just need enough to rupture the pressure hull of the aircraft and the air pressure will do the work for you,” he explained.
He went on, adding that such a can with a device inside could “blow a really nice hole” in an airplane and was in some ways an ideal size for an attack.
The terrorist group unveiled 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 it changed its target after Moscow launched air strikes on Syria.
“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,” it said.
“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, that their daily killing of dozens in Sham through their airstrikes will only bring them calamities, and that just as they kill, they will be killed, by Allah’s permission,” the group wrote.
It added ISIS would “retaliate with fire and bloodshed in revenge for the honor of the Prophet and the multitudes killed and injured in crusader airstrikes in the lands of the Muslims.”
On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin promised to do everything possible to find those responsible for the tragedy and offered a $50 million reward for information leading to the perpetrators.
“We will find them anywhere on the planet and punish them,” Putin said at a somber Kremlin meeting.