US officials say ISIS leaders can be heard boasting about Egypt plane crash: NBC

The wreckage of a Russian airliner at a mountainous area of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Nov 1, 2015.
The wreckage of a Russian airliner at a mountainous area of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Nov 1, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Communications between Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) leaders in Raqqa, Syria, and persons in the Sinai Peninsula included boasts about the downing of a Russian passenger jet over the area, NBC reported on Friday (Nov 6), citing unidentified United States officials.

"They were clearly celebrating," NBC Nightly News quoted a US official as saying.

The "chatter" included a boast of taking down the plane on Saturday and how it was done.

The US intelligence community intercepted a message from a Sinai group affiliated with ISIS that warned of "something big in the area" before the jet crash.