Egypt military says top jihadist killed in Sinai airstrike

Egypt’s military says a founding member of a jihadist group in northern Sinai that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State has been killed in an airstrike.

A total of 18 “extremely dangerous” insurgents have been killed, with others wounded, in raids carried out on March 18, the military announces on its Facebook page.

Among those killed, it says, is Salem Selmi el-Hamadeen, known as Abu Anas al-Ansari, a founder and senior member of Ansar Beit al-Maqdis.

Ansar Beit al-Maqdis pledged allegiance to IS in November 2014.

— AFP

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