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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 19 August 2018

ISIS announces death of one of its Egypt branch leaders

The group identified the leader as Abu Jaafar Al Maqdesi and released a poster-like mourning notice

A local leader of ISIS’s branch in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula has been killed, the group as well as a security source said on Sunday.

The group identified the leader as Abu Jaafar Al Maqdesi and released a poster-like mourning notice titled ‘Caravans of shuhada [martyrs]’ with a photo of a smiling, bearded man wearing a coat and a cap.

“Brother Abu Jaafar Al Maqdesi, may God accept him,” a brief message posted on the group’s telegram channels read, without giving details on where, when or how he was killed.

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An Egyptian security source identified the man as head of the ISIS in the Mediterranean town of Sheikh Zuweid, located near the border with the Gaza Strip.

The Egyptian army, backed by security forces, has killed hundreds of suspected militants in a major operation that began in February targeting insurgents behind a series of attacks against military and civilian targets in the Sinai.

Earlier, the group had claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb blast near Kabul airport which was aimed at killing Afghanistan’s first vice president, Abdul Rashid Dostum, a former Uzbek warlord who was returning to the country after facing allegations of torturing and abusing a political rival.

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