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    Egyptian Militant Killed in March Identified as Daesh's Sinai Affiliate Founder

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    One of the terrorists eliminated during an air raid conducted by the Egyptian forces in the north of Sinai Peninsula on March 18 has been identified as Abu Anas Ansari, one of the founders of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis militant group affiliated with Daesh, local media reported, citing statement of military.

    CAIRO (Sputnik) According to the Youm7 media outlet, the investigation has revealed that Ansari was among 18 terrorists killed during the air raid. He was reportedly responsible for arming and training militants.

    Egypt has been fighting a jihadist insurgency in Sinai since the army overthrew then President Mohamed Morsi in 2013. Police and security forces have been the target of deadly attacks by Islamists in the area.

    In 2014, militants in Sinai pledged allegiance to the Daesh. The Wilayat Sinai, the Daesh branch in Sinai, has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly attacks in the area.

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