ISIS claim they ‘successfully’ DOWNED jet over Sinai as revenge for Russian air strikes

A map showing where the Russian jet crashed
A map showing where the Russian jet crashed

ISLAMIC State militants have claimed it brought down a Russian passenger plane, killing all 224 people on board, in revenge for air strikes in Syria.

 

Terror Monitor, an online terrorist monitoring organisation, claims to have a statement from Islamic State militants claiming responsibility for the attack.

The group, which watches terrorist groups around the world, tweeted an image of the Arabic statement and wrote: “#IslamicState (#ISIS) terror group claims downing of Russian aircraft in #Sinai.”

The unverified statement, written in Arabic, says the flight crash was NOT a technical fault, as reported by security sources.

It goes on to say that the aattack was “in response to Russian airstrikes that killed hundreds of Muslims on Syrian land”.

Last month Moscow launched a bombing campaign against the twisted terror group, which controls vast swathes of Syria and has forced thousands of people to flee the country.

Vladimir Putin’s bid to wipe out ISIS has been so successful that almost a million Syrians are elected to return to their homeland.

The translated statement read: “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.”

News agency AFP has also reported ISIS has claimed responsiblity for the downing of the Russian plane.

The agency reported the statement also read: “The soldiers of the caliphate succeeded in bringing down a Russian plane in Sinai.”

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on her Facebook page that Russian Embassy personnel in Egypt are working to clarify the situation.

The tweet from Terror Monitor
The tweet from Terror Monitor

The Russian plane was flying from the popular Egyptian holiday resort of Sharm El-Sheikh to the Russian city of St Petersburg.

All 224 people onboard the aircraft are believed to be dead.

More than 150 bodies, including five children, have already been pulled from the wreckage.

There were 217 passengers, including 17 children on the flight.

There were also 138 women and 62 men. Three were Ukrainian with the rest Russian.

The jet, operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia, also known as MetroJet, was an Airbus A-321 and is said to have fallen vertically, which led it it bursting into flames.

Relatives and the friends of passengers aboard the Metrojet flight that crashed in Egypt
Relatives and the friends of passengers aboard the Metrojet flight that crashed in Egypt

Russia’s transport minister said claims terrorists caused the Russian plane to crash “can’t be considered accurate”, though security officials are working on clarification.

Russia has declared tomorrow a day of mourning.

Vladimir Putin has launched a severe air strike campaign against Islamic State in Syria over the last couple of weeks.

Russian security forces claim to have destroyed 1,600 ISIS targets.

A map showing where the crash happened
A map showing where the crash happened
Anton Bogdanov and Alena Moiseeva
Anton Bogdanov and Alena Moiseeva
Anastasia Bogdanova and Olga Sheina died on the Russian jet
Anastasia Bogdanova and Olga Sheina died on the Russian jet

Egypt’s North Sinai is home to a two-year-old Islamist insurgency and militants who support Islamic State have killed hundreds of Egyptian soldiers and police in recent months.

Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Mohamed Hossam Kemal said it was “too soon to determine the cause”.

It is believed most of the passengers travelling on the plane were Russian tourists. There are no reports of British nationals on board.

The first pictures of the Russian plane victims have started to emerge, including young children.

Russia’s prime minister Dmitry Medvedev said he was “deeply shocked”.

He tweeted: “I am deeply shocked by the plane crash in the Sinai Peninsula. The tragedy will be thoroughly investigated, the families will receive aid.”

Yulia Buleyva and Valeria Bogdanova were killed
Yulia Buleyva and Valeria Bogdanova were killed
Relatives react after a Russian airliner with 217 passengers and seven crew aboard crashed
Relatives react after a Russian plane with 217 passengers and seven crew aboard crashed in Egypt

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My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims of the Russian plane crash in Egypt and the Bucharest nightclub fire.

A statement from the prime minister’s office said PM Sherif Ismail had formed a cabinet level crisis committee to deal with the crash.

Russia’s prime minister Dmitry Medvedev said he was “deeply shocked”.

He tweeted: “I am deeply shocked by the plane crash in the Sinai Peninsula. The tragedy will be thoroughly investigated, the families will receive aid.”

Russia’s top Investigative Committee has launched a case against airline Kogalymavia under an article regulating “violation of rules of flights and preparations for them”.

Initial reports suggested contact had been made with the passenger plane after it went missing but later Egyptian authorities confirmed the tragic news.

Yury Shein and his daughter Anastasia
Yury Shein and his daughter Anastasia

Russian news sources said the captain reported technical faults soon after leaving Sharm el-Sheikh and asked for a route change.

Latest reports suggest the fight 7K9268 went off radar 23 minutes after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh at 5.51am.

Mike Vivian, former head of flight operations at the CAA  warned it’s a “popular route with Britons”.

He said: “A321 is a very good aircraft and it has a good safety record.

“I would be surprised if the aircraft was a factor. It is a small airline and it is difficult to know who the operator was as there are multiple. It looks as if the airline flies only domestic routes in Russia but does go down to Turkey and Egypt.”

The plane operator Kogalymavia is also known as MetroJet.

 

 

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