ISIS released a message on November 4 with claims that the group was responsible for the Russian plane crash in Sinai, and said its method will be revealed soon.
ISIS’ s militant branch in Sinai released the message challenging Egyptian authorities to “prove we did not” cause the Russian Metro plane crash.
In the message posted online, one militant from the group mentions Russian President Vladimir Putin by name saying: “And you, Putin the pig! If you think you can destroy our state by sending your planes, vehicles and soldiers you are wrong and you will regret that. The plane we downed is the best proof. We will not be satisfied with downing your planes but will storm your houses and will slaughter you.”
The group went on to say: “Find your black boxes and analyse them, give us the results of your investigation and the depth of your expertise and prove we didn’t do it or how it was downed,” the message said. “Die with your rage. We are the ones with God’s blessing who brought it down. And God willing, one day we will reveal how, at the time we desire.”
Experts question the militant’s group’s claims arguing that it couldn’t provide any proof of responsibility.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi described claims by ISIS as “propaganda.”
The message broadcasted online is believed to carry the voice of Wilayat Sinai’s Abu Osama al-Masri, who has made recording before for the group. Mr Masri claims the group will “soon” reveal how they carried out the attack on the Russian plane. Egypt and Russian officials said there is no evidence supporting ISIS’ claims.
CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank said: “That was a very baffling way to claim credit for what would be the most significant terrorist attack since 9/11. But there may have been a method behind this and a reason behind this, and that may have been to protect an insider at Sharm el-Sheikh airport.”