IS group in Egypt claims it downed Russian airliner

The Islamic State group's affiliate in Egypt claims it downed the Russian passenger plane that crashed in the Sinai Peninsula (AFP Photo/Marwan Ibrahim)

Cairo (AFP) - The Islamic State group's affiliate in Egypt has claimed it downed the Russian passenger plane that crashed Saturday in the Sinai Peninsula, where the jihadists are waging an insurgency, killing all on board.

"The soldiers of the caliphate succeeded in bringing down a Russian plane in Sinai," said the statement circulated on social media.