An Islamic State leader has been killed in a series of airstrikes, according to Egypt’s military.
Abu Duaa al-Ansari, who the country identifies as the forerunner of a group calling itself Sinai Province, died after the attack near Arish, along with 45 other Islamist fighters.
In 2014, an Egyptian militant group called Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM) pledged allegiance to Islamic State and changed its name to Sinai Province.
The country’s army said al Ansari was behind scores of deadly attacks on security forces and the suspected downing of a Russian passenger jet in 2015.
The Egyptian military announced the news on its Facebook page, declaring: “This successful operation confirms the pledges of the armed forces to avenge their martyrs and … pursue all the terrorist elements and leaders wherever they are found until Egypt and its great people enjoy security and stability.”
Egypt’s army has been engaged in military operations against Islamist insurgents in Northern Sinai for several years, but attacks against them have intensified since the removal of former president Mohamed Morsi in August 2013.