EARLY INDICATION OF ISIS INTENTION IN SINAI IGNORED
A British plane,on 08/23/2015, carrying 189 passengers came ‘within 1,000ft (300 meters)’ of a rocket or missile as it approached Sharm El Sheikh, it emerged on Friday 11/06/2015 night. The Thomson flight TOM 476 from London Stansted only took evasive action after the pilot spotted the missile speeding through the air.
The jet landed safely, and holidaymakers were not told they had been seconds from disaster.
The revelation comes amid claims British jihadists had spoken about an Islamic State ‘mole’ at Sharm el-Sheikh airport minutes after the Russian Metrojet flight KGL9268 crashed in Sinai, on 10/31/2015,killing all 224 on board.
The UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) confirmed that the incident took place but said it did not believe the missile was an attempt to target the British plane, instead ascribing the missile seen by the Thomson pilots to Egyptian military manoeuvres.
According to the Sun, British extremists were discussing details of the plot in online ‘chatter’ picked up by US intelligence officers. Sources told the newspaper there was suggestion there might still be an Islamic State agent active in Sharm el-Sheikh airport.
Meanwhile, USA news outlet NBC said American officials had heard leaders from the terror group boasting about the downing of a Russian passenger jet over Egypt. Citing unnamed officials, the report said ISIS chiefs in Raqqa, Syria, were heard speaking to an affiliated group in the Sinai Peninsula, Ansar Bait al-Maqdis , about taking down the plane and how it was done.
* Portable anti-aircraft missile launchers, which intelligence agencies believe Isis-affiliated groups could possess – are capable of targeting planes only at low altitudes.
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