A beheaded corpse was found by residents of Egypt’s Sinai peninsula on Wednesday with a note attributed to Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, a jihadist group with links to the Islamic State.
According to Reuters, residents in the area reported that the note said that the victim was a spy for Mossad, the national intelligence agency for Israel.
“This is the fate of all who prove to be traitors to their homeland,” the terrorists warned in the note, according to local residents who spoke to the news organization.
Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis claimed that it had beheaded four Egyptians last month for collaborating with the Jewish state after three of its fighters were killed in an airstrike. As published by Israeli news station Arutz Sheva, the Egyptian police reported that the four men, who were originally kidnapped from Cairo, were found decapitated 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the Gaza Strip.
Israeli intelligence sources contend that the terrorist group is among the most active in the region and responsible for a number of violent incidents, including the deadly 2014 terrorist attack on a South Korean tourist bus in the Sinai that killed four civilians, and the 2012 slaying of IDF Cpl. Netanel Yahalomi at the Israeli-Egyptian border fence.
Last week, a senior commander of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis told Reuters that the extremist group was being advised by the Islamic State via the internet.
Although it is unclear whether or not the Islamic State influenced the Sinai-based organization’s decision to behead several of its captors, the executions bear striking similarities to those of James Foley and Steven Sotloff, particularly Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis’s use of social media to broadcast the decapitations of the four men kidnapped from Cairo.
The most recent beheading is the eighth recorded in the region in less than a month.