ISIS claimed that a “security detachment” planted explosive devices in Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France, causing the evacuation of a UK-bound flight on September 17. Passengers were hauled off the flight in single file by armed officers, while the aircraft was searched by sniffer dogs.
At the time the incident was reported as a “false alarm” by police after dozens of security vehicles, armed cops and firefighters surrounded the London-bound Airbus A320. ISIS described the statement by the French authorities as an attempt to cover up the threat.
A passenger escorted from the aircraft, told British media: “Initially the pilot told us there were technical issues. We were waiting on the plane for around an hour. We were then told the aircraft had to move to another part of the airport. That’s when we noticed police and fire vehicles quickly surround the plane and dozens of armed officers and firefighters got out.”
The plane was held on the runway.
The threat came just two days after three fresh attacks against London and France in 24 hours.
It must be noted that ISIS provided no evidence of its claim, though the group has made a recurring focus on aviation-related targets, like the bomb attack at the airport of Brussels on March 22 2016 and the bomb explosion on a Russian aircraft in Egypt in 2015.
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