Middle East

Russia plane crash: IS publishes 'improvised bomb' photo

Debris from Russian plane in Sinai, 1 Nov 15 Image copyright EPA
Image caption Egyptian and Russian crash experts have been examining the plane's wreckage in the Sinai desert

Islamic State's magazine has published a photo of what it claims was the improvised bomb that brought down the Russian airliner in Egypt last month.

The picture in Dabiq shows a Schweppes Gold soda can and what appears to be a detonator and a switch.

No explanation is offered and security experts told the BBC it was not clear how the device would have worked.

IS-linked Sinai Peninsula group says it carried out the attack, which killed 224 people.

Russia has confirmed it was a bomb that brought down the airliner.

On Tuesday, Russia's security chief Alexander Bortnikov told President Vladimir Putin the bomb equivalent to up to 1kg of TNT had been planted on board the Metrojet Airbus 321 that crashed in the Sinai peninsula on 31 October.

Mr Bortnikov also said "traces of foreign explosives" were found on debris from the plane.

President Putin vowed to "find and punish" those behind the attack.

Nearly all the victims on the flight from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg were Russian tourists.

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Dabiq - a propaganda magazine for IS - published the photo of what it described as an IED (improvised explosive device).

Image copyright Dabiq
Image caption The photo in Dabiq shows a soda can and what appears to be a detonator and a power source.

It provided no further details about the device.

An article in the magazine claimed militants had been able to bypass the security at Sharm el-Sheikh airport and smuggle the bomb onto the plane.

It said initially they had planned to target a country of the US-led coalition, but then decided to attack the Russian airliner because of the air strikes that Moscow launched in Syria on 30 September.

The magazine also posted a picture of what it said were passports of some of the victims of the crash.

Security experts told the BBC the "on-off" switch on the device could have been operated by someone on the plane, in effect meaning a suicide bomber was on board.

An alternative explanation is that the device could have had a pressure-sensor and been detonated when the plane reached a certain altitude.

Just hours after the crash, Sinai Province said in a statement that it had destroyed the plane because of Russian military involvement in Syria.

Moscow has offered a $50m (£33m) reward for information on the Sinai plane attackers.

Metrojet is the brand name of Kogalymavia, an airline based in western Siberia.

Bloodiest attacks in 2015 linked to 'Islamic State'

13 Nov - Paris, France Gunmen and suicide bombers kill at least 129 people.

12 Nov - Beirut, Lebanon Suicide bombers kill at least 43 people.

31 Oct - Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt Plane crashes killing all 224 on board. Russia says a bomb caused the crash and an IS affiliate says it was responsible.

10 Oct - Ankara, Turkey Suicide bombers kill 102 people at peace rally. Turkey blames IS, but no group claims the attack.

20 Jul - Suruc, Turkey Suicide bomber kills 33 people.

26 Jun - Sousse, Tunisia Gunman kills 38 people, mostly British tourists.

26 Jun - Kuwait City, Kuwait Suicide attack kills at least 27 people.

22 May - Qatif, Saudi Arabia Two suicide bombs kill at least 21 people.

21 Mar - Sanaa, Yemen Suicide bombings kill at least 137 people.

18 Mar - Tunis, Tunisia Gunmen kill 19 people, mostly foreign tourists.