Inspired by ISIS? Now, militants in Egypt release gruesome beheading video of four ‘Mossad spies’
New Delhi: A Sinai-based militant group in Egypt has posted a video online showing the beheadings of four men they had accused of being Israeli Mossad spies. The video appears to have been inspired by the tactics of the Islamic State. The video came just hours after Islamic State released shocking footage of the mass execution of 300 Syrian national army soldiers in the Syrian desert.
Egypt’s most dangerous militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis released the video in which the captives can be seen kneeling on the floor with armed men in black masks standing behind them as one of the militants reads out a statement.
According to a report in Daily Mail, “Security sources said four headless corpses were found in the Sinai Peninsula earlier this month - the first time any decapitations had been made public in Egypt. The men had reportedly been abducted by gunmen two days earlier while driving in the town of Sheikh Zuwaid, which is just a few miles from the Gaza Strip. The filmed killings are reminiscent of images posted online by militant group Islamic State, which has seized parts of Iraq and Syria. This has led to suggestions that Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis might have been inspired by the group, notorious for beheadings and executions.”
The report said, “The Sinai militants are not believed to be officially linked to Islamic State insurgents. The officials say the Libya-based fighters have also established contacts with Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis. Though the four dead men were civilians, security sources had said initially that they might have been targeted for their perceived allegiance to the police and army. In the video, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis presented what it said were confessions by the men. Two of them said they had spent time in Israeli jails for smuggling. The other two said Mossad had paid them for information. The group said the men provided intelligence used in an airstrike on July 23 in northern Sinai that killed three of its fighters. At the time, the Egyptian army said no Israeli aircraft or drones had crossed into Egyptian airspace.”
Media reports suggest that militants in the Sinai have stepped up attacks on policemen and soldiers. The attacks initially targeted security forces in Sinai - a remote but strategic part of Egypt located between Israel, the Gaza Strip and the Suez Canal.
(Image1: Militants beheading the four men/YouTube)
(Image2: A militant beheading a man/YouTube)
A Sinai-based militant group in Egypt has posted a video online showing the beheadings of four men they had accused of being Israeli Mossad spies.