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Thursday, April 20, 2017
Egypt's army says it has killed prominent Ansar Beit El-Maqdis leader in Sinai airstrikes

Egypt's army says it has killed prominent Ansar Beit El-Maqdis leader in
Sinai airstrikes
Ahram Online , Thursday 20 Apr 2017
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/265295/Egypt/Politics-/Egypts-army-says-it-has-killed-prominent-Ansar-Bei.aspx

Egypt's army said on Thursday it has killed a top leader in Sinai-based
militant group Ansar Beit El-Maqdis during airstrikes in Central and North
Sinai.

In an official statement, army spokesman Tamer El-Refaie said the army's air
forces conducted strikes in those governorates, killing 19 militants
including one of the group's top leaders.

According to the statement, the leader was the head of the group's Sharia
Committee and responsible for interrogations.

The army has not publicly identified the leader, but said that 11 of those
killed were members of the group's branches in Nile Delta governorates.

This is not the first time the army has announced the killing of a prominent
leader in the group this month.

Earlier in April, El-Refai said that group leader Salem Salma El-Hamdeen,
known as Abu Anas El-Ansari, had died from injuries sustained in an
airstrike on 18 March that killed 188 militants and injured several others.

According to the army, El-Ansari was one of the group's founders and among
its most important leaders in North Sinai, involved in arming and training
militants in the area.

The militant group's propaganda magazine El-Nabaa mourned the death of the
40-year-old leader through an obituary.

Egypt’s army and police forces have been waging a war against Islamist
insurgents in North Sinai for years, with hundreds of security personnel
killed, as well as hundreds of militants killed in security campaigns.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Sherif Ismail declared the extension of a state
of emergency in some areas of North Sinai, imposing a curfew from 1am to 5am
in El-Arish, and 7pm to 6am in the areas of El-Ouga, Halal Mountain, the
coastal region and Rafah.

Most of the attacks against security personnel and installations in North
Sinai in recent years have been claimed by Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, which
pledged allegiance to the Islamic State terrorist group in late 2014.

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