Egypt’s military stated on Thursday it had slayed Abu Duaa al-Ansari, whom it identified as the leader of the Sinai branch of Islamic State. Abu Duaa al-Ansari is suspected of being behinds scores of attacks and the downing of a passenger jet, Egypt’s military says.
Posting on its social media page, Facebook, that a series of air strikes near Arish, the largest town on the Sinai peninsula, had also killed 45 other Islamic State fighters.
“This successful operation confirms the pledges of the armed forces to avenge their martyrs and . . . pursue all the terrorist elements and leaders wherever they are found until Egypt and its great people enjoy security and stability,” said the military.