A Sinai-based terrorist group
said on Thursday it had beheaded four Egyptians, accusing them of providing Israel with intelligence for an airstrike that killed three of its members.
Four headless corpses were found in the Sinai Peninsula earlier this month, security sources said — the first time that any decapitations had been made public in Egypt.
The men had 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.
In a video, Egypt’s most dangerous terrorist group, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, said the four men had been spying for Israel’s Mossad spy agency.
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.