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Islamic State Claims to Have Downed Russian Jet With Soda Can Bomb

Militant photo via AP

The Islamic State released a photo Wednesday of the bomb the terror group allegedly used to down a Russian passenger jet late last month, the crash over Egypt’s Sinai peninsula killing all 224 people aboard.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the image of the improvised explosive device appeared in the newest issue of the Islamic State’s English-language magazine, Dabiq. The issue of the magazine was titled "Just Terror."

The article in the magazine claimed that IS breached security at the Sharm El Sheikh International Airport in Egypt and plotted to take down an airplane "belonging to a nation in the American-led Western coalition against the Islamic State."

The Islamic State affiliate in Egypt claimed responsibility for the Oct. 31 crash, which came after Russia began bombing IS targets in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

"A bomb was smuggled onto the airplane, leading to the deaths of 219 Russians and 5 other crusaders only a month after Russia’s thoughtless decision," the article read. "And so revenge was exacted upon those who felt safe in the cockpits of their jets."

The photo showed a can of Schweppes Gold Pineapple soda next to a device that the magazine identified as a small explosive. A second photo published in the magazine also purported to show passports belonging to three Russian citizens who were killed in the plane crash.

"So when will the crusaders end their hostilities towards Islam and the Muslims?" the article stated. "For until then, the just terror will continue to strike them to the core of their deadened hearts."

The claims in the magazine have yet to be officially confirmed. The United States has said that a bomb planted by IS or an affiliated group likely brought down the plane, and British Prime Minister David Cameron has also said that the crash was "more likely than not" the result of a bomb.

The head of the Russian Federal Security Service said Tuesday that a bomb brought down the plane. Moscow is now offering a $50 million reward for information about the individuals who planted the bomb on the aircraft.

The Islamic State has also claimed responsibility for Friday’s coordinated terror attacks in Paris that killed 129 people and wounded hundreds more.

Russia and France bombed IS targets in Syria Tuesday in retaliation for the attacks.