Islamic State affiliate leader said killed in Egypt’s Sinai
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Islamic State affiliate leader said killed in Egypt’s Sinai

Jihadist group announces death of Abu Jaafar al-Maqdesi, doesn’t disclose circumstances of his death

Illustrative: An image taken from a video clip released by the Sinai affiliate of the Islamic State group on August 1, 2016. (MEMRI)
Illustrative: An image taken from a video clip released by the Sinai affiliate of the Islamic State group on August 1, 2016. (MEMRI)

The Islamic State group says one of the leaders of its affiliate in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula has been killed.

The jihadist group’s Aamaq news agency issued an announcement late on Sunday about the death of Abu Jaafar al-Maqdesi, calling him a martyr.

A photo of a young bearded man accompanied the report. IS says he was killed earlier this month, but did not disclose where or under what circumstances.

Egypt has been battling jihadists for years but the Sinai-based insurgency gained strength after the 2013 overthrow of the country’s elected but divisive Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi.

In February, Egypt launched a massive operation against jihadists in Sinai as well as parts of the Nile Delta region and the Western Desert, along the porous border with Libya.

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