New ISIS claim to downing Russian Airliner in Sinai
In an audio statement posted released on 04 November, the ISIS affiliated Wilayat Sinai group gave a further statement claiming responsibility for the downing of a Russian plane over Sinai. In the statement, their spokesman said: “We are the ones who downed it thank to God and we are not forced to reveal how we downed it. Bring your black box, and do your analysis…prove we didn’t down it…we will reveal the way at the time we wish.”
The ISIS affiliated group had claimed on Saturday 29th October that: “The fighters of the Islamic State were able to down a Russian plane over Sinai province that was carrying over 220 Russian crusaders. They were all killed, thanks be to God.” And posted a video, seen by SecurityMiddleEast.com on You Tube supposedly showing a missile being fired at an airliner and hitting it.
Experts have stated that they have no information to suggest the Wilayat Sinai have missiles capable of reaching an altitude of 9,450m (31,000ft), the height the aircraft was flying when it broke up.
Speaking exclusively to Security Middle East, James Abernethy a former British Intelligence Officer said,
“ISIS have never claimed something before they haven’t had a hand in. This latest message suggests ISIS are protecting their methodology because they may want to try to use it again. It is possible that they managed to place a Lockerbie style device on the aircraft or in passengers luggage, but I am sure the Egyptian authorities are taking every measure to ensure the safety of aircraft using Sharm El Sheikh and other airports.”
KGL9268, an Airbus A321 had just left the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh and was bound for the Russian city of St Petersburg. It was carrying 217 passengers, 138 of them women and 17 children aged between 2 and 17. Most were tourists. There were seven crew on board. Reports from the Egyptian rescue teams say there were no survivors.
Minutes after the audio release, ISIS posted a video, again seen by SecurityMiddleEast.com threatening Russia and saying that they will overcome them. This is in direct reference to Russian intervention in Syria against ISIS targets both on the ground and through airstrikes.
ISIS reports and videos were intercepted by Global Risk Awareness, a leading Cyber Intelligence organisation.