Egypt airstrike kills chief of ISIL’s Sinai affiliate

by WorldTribune Staff, August 5, 2016

The “number one” leader of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant’s (ISIL’s) Sinai affiliate was killed in an Egyptian airstrike, a spokesman for Egypt’s military said.

Abu Doaa al-Ansari was among more than 45 jihadists killed in the operation.
Abu Duaa al-Ansari was among more than 45 jihadists killed in the operation.

Abu Duaa al-Ansari was killed in an operation south of the Egyptian coastal city of El-Arish that also killed more than 45 other jihadists of the ISIL affiliate Sinai Province, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Samir said in a Facebook post. Several senior leaders of the terror group were among those killed, Samir added.

Al-Ansari was the “number one” leader of the terror group behind scores of deadly attacks on security forces and the suspected downing of a Russian airliner, the Egyptian army said.

The Egyptian operation was carried out jointly by the air force and the anti-terrorism squad, according to Samir’s statement.

Dozens of other jihadists were “targeted with precise hits” in the operation against the group’s strongholds in the south and south-west El-Arish, the army said. The operation destroyed depots where weapons, ammunition and explosives were stored, it added.

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