Egypt militants bomb house of Sinai 'collaborator'

Unidentified militants bombed the home after accusing him of collaborating with the army.

Egypt militants bomb house of Sinai 'collaborator'
World Bulletin / News Desk
Unidentified militants have bombed the home of an Egyptian man in the northern Sinai Peninsula after accusing him of "collaborating" with the army, tribal sources have said.

"Militants besieged the home of Mohamed al-Rutail in Sr heikh Zuweid city, ordering members of his family to leave the building before blowing it up," one tribal source told The Anadolu Agency.

Egyptian security forces have waged a fierce campaign against militants in Sinai – which shares borders with both Israel and the Gaza Strip – amid an upsurge in attacks on security personnel since elected President Mohamed Morsi was ousted by the army in mid-2013.

Some attacks have been claimed by Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, a militant group that changed its name last year to "Welayet Sinai" ("the State of Sinai").

It acquired the new name after swearing allegiance to Daesh, the Arabic acronym for the so-called ISIL militant group.

Last year, Daesh overran vast territories in both Iraq and Syria, winning the allegiance of several militant groups across the Middle East.

Along with police and army personnel, militant groups in Sinai have also reportedly targeted local residents suspected of collaborating with the security forces.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Şubat 2015, 16:16