ISIS reaffirms once again that the Russian Airbus A321, with 224 people aboard (all of whom died) which crushed in the region of the Sinai, was brought down by them. This is the second claim that arrives from the Islamic State, which however has not provided any details about the attack and this leaves experts rather sceptical.
“We have no obligation to explain how it was brought down”, argued the Caliphate’s men in a statement issued yesterday, after having spread on Tuesday a video that showed one of their combatants in Iraq celebrating the accident. “Take the wreck and analyse it, take your black boxes and analyse them, and let us know the results of your investigation”, said the man in the recording. “Try – he continued – to prove that we have not brought it down, and how it fell. We will specify how it fell down when we will decide to do so”.
The group argued that the plane was brought down on the 17th day of the month of Muharram on the lunar calendar, which is the first anniversary of the accession to ISIS of the Egyptian branch of the jihadist organization, active in the Sinai. Investigators are studying the incident that involved the airplane of Kogalymavia, which fell 23 minutes after having taken off from Sharm el Sheikh. Specifically, they are analyzing the black boxes of the aircraft. The authorities have clarified that the investigations will last for weeks or months, depending on the condition of the recordings from the black boxes.