American experts interviewed by the newspaper New York Times, reviewed photo of a bombthat supposedly had exploded on Board the Russian airliner A321. According to them, aluminum can 0,33 l can be placed enough explosives for a powerful explosion, however the picture shows the elements of a very primitive bomb, and it is possible that it is only propaganda or disinformation, spread by the Islamists.
Photo “Schweppes-bombs”, as well as (presumably) passports of the victims on Board the A321, which were published in the new issue of propaganda magazine Dabiq extremists. The photo shows the Bank from under the drink Schweppes Gold 0.33 liters, and wire, a long metal cylinder and a black plastic device with a switch.
Before sharing the findings of the experts, the NYT indicates that there is no other evidence that this explosive device was used in the attack. And the fact that the only available photo is very low quality, with a significant part of the mechanism “bomb” black tape rewound.
Expert demolition said that the manual switch on the right in the photo, apparently, was used to bring the bombs in readiness. In a preferred version, the explosion was carried out on a timer. However, one of the experts looking at the cable length, suggested that they can be used as an antenna. In this case, the signal could be given remotely. However, this assumes that the terrorist was on Board, and this greatly complicates the organization of the terrorist act.
The wires that are visible in the photo, had to connect the timer with the detonator which initiates the detonation.
The hole in the bottom of the banks, according to experts, indicates that the explosion was a plastic or powdered explosives. The liquid composition is significantly more complex design. In addition, in this case, the electrical components would have to be placed outside banks-bomb, that would increase the risk of detection.
A significant part of the mechanism is not visible, being closed with black electrical tape. However, the NYT interviewed experts indicated that there is enough for small batteries and required to disrupt electronics.
In the Bank enough space to accommodate an explosive charge greater than is used in military grenades. NYT reminds that with bombs of small capacity Chechen terrorists were blown up in 2004, a Russian Tu-154 and Tu-134. The investigation evaluated the power of explosions of 400 grams of TNT. Then killed 90 people.
Overall the design presented in the photo log of the “Islamic state” (IG, group banned in Russia), experts NYT called primitive, but quite able to punch a hole in the fuselage of the aircraft, start the process of “explosive depressurization” – this scenario was implemented on A321.
Earlier in the week, after a long silence, the Russian security services, the head of the Federal security service of the Russian Federation Alexander Bortnikov has declaredthat the collapse of the A321 aircraft over the Sinai Peninsula was caused by an explosion on Board. For providing information contributing to the apprehension of criminals, the FSB promised a reward in the amount of $ 50 million.
The A321 aircraft flying from Sharm El Sheikh to St Petersburg, crashed in the North of the Sinai Peninsula on 31 October 2015. All aboard 224 people were killed. After that, the Russian authorities have imposed a temporary ban on flights of Russian aviation in Egypt.
British intelligence believes was responsible for the disaster of the Egyptian preacher, Abu Osama al-Masri, who calls himself “Emir of the Islamic state in Sinai vilayati”. He posted online an audio recording with his own statement about his involvement in the crash.