A video issued by an Islamic State-affiliated militia in Sinai has admitted that one of the group’s senior leaders had been killed in military raids conducted in April at the North Sinai city of Arish.
Sinai Province, previously known as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdes, which had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, showed in a video that Abul Qaaqaa al-Muhajir was killed in an army raid.
The clip, which calls for hacking government-owned Internet sites, includes spoken statements by al-Muhajir, in which he vowed to conduct more attacks against the army and police forces during the coming period.
“I tell President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the Armed Forces: your future with us won’t make you like the present, we know you are horrified”, Muhajir said in the video. “I swear if we see our own brothers, the sons of our own mothers, in the army, no one would tear their heads off their bodies but us”, he added.
“Nevermind those who hold the slogans of peace and democracy, they are all slogans doomed to perdition”, Muhajir stated in the video, which later showed his blood-stained corpse stretched on the ground.
Sinai province has claimed responsibility for several bloody attacks against army and police forces across Egypt since the ouster of Mohamed Morsi in 2013. It has been declared a terrorist organization by the governments of Egypt and US.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm