CAIRO: Shady El-Meneai, a leading member of the Sinai-based militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, and three other members were killed by security forces with the help of Bedouin tribes in the center of Sinai, security sources told Youm7 early Friday.
The sources said Meneai was being monitored by members of the Bedouin tribes in the Wadi Maghareh area of Sinai, Youm7 reported.
The security forces were informed about the location of the four militants and exchanged fire with them early Friday, killing them all, security sources told Youm7.
Meneai is considered among the most dangerous “terrorist” elements in Egypt, security sources said, and is responsible for assassinations in Arish and attacks in Rafah.
He was previously arrested during the Taba bombings in 2005, and was released during the rule of former President Mohamed Morsi. He then fled from the Sinai to the Gaza Strip.
Meneai previously released a video in which he said he blocked the road leading to Sheikh Zuwayed to prevent presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi from entering the North Sinai to hold a public conference.
He also announced his responsibility for the kidnapping of seven soldiers in Rafah, demanding the release of detainees in the Taba case.