To spread terror, you don’t even have to do it – just take the credit




The Islamic State group says it smuggled a bomb on board a Russian airliner that went down last month, after discovering a “way to compromise the security” at an Egyptian airport.

In its online magazine Dabiq, the group on Wednesday published what it said were pictures of the explosive, apparently contained in a soda can, and of passports obtained by its fighters that had belonged to the dead passengers.

The magazine said IS had initially planned to down a plane belonging to a country from the US-led coalition targeting militants in Iraq and Syria.

The militants decided to instead target the Russian plane departing the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh after Moscow began an air campaign in Syria in late September, the magazine said.

All 224 people on board the Saint Petersburg-bound Airbus died when it went down in the Sinai Peninsula on October 31.

“After having discovered a way to compromise the security at the Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport and resolving to bring down a plane belonging to a nation in the American-led Western coalition against the Islamic State, the target was changed to a Russian plane,” an article in the English-language magazine said.

“A bomb was smuggled onto the aeroplane,” it said.

Russia on Tuesday said a bomb had brought down the plane and vowed to hunt down the perpetrators, confirming suspicions raised earlier by Britain and the United States.

Egypt says a team investigating the disaster has not yet found the cause.

The whole world is on edge now.  Even in New Zealand we’re reporting in anything “suspicious”, and reports of ‘bomb’ scares across the Tasman were also happening yesterday.

Soon the only way you’ll be allowed on a plane is if you are put into an induced coma, naked, X-rayed, metal detected, explosive detected and inside a blast-proof box.


Or we can go pound ISIS into dust.

I see little point in sitting at home wondering if the next footy match is going to turn into a terrorist event.


– ASP, via 3 News

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.