The leader of the Islamic State’s Sinai Branch has been killed by the Egyptian Military following airstrikes in the Sinai Province of Egypt. Abu Duaa al-Ansari along with a reported 45 other ISIS fighters have been killed by an Egyptian military operation guided by “accurate intelligence” Brigadier-General Mohammed Samir, the military’s chief spokesman, said on Facebook.
Sinai Province is reported to be an active area of insurgency since the military uprising in 2013 President Mohamed Morsi. Jihadist strongholds on the southern and south-western areas of El-Arish – the largest town in Northern Sinai were targeted after years of escalating violence.
Al Jazeera reports that the military destroyed arms and ammunition held by the group but did not say when the attacks and raids took place. There has been no immediate comment or confirmation from ISIS.