CAIRO: A number of militant personnel allegedly involved in kidnapping and murdering a Rafah soldier were reportedly killed by Sinai-based security forces; the police victim was mourned in his home town in Dakahlia Tuesday.
Rafah Captain Ayman el-Desouki was kidnapped Sunday by the Sinai-based militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, which has been targeting army and police forces since the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.
After his kidnapping, a large campaign was launched to locate his whereabouts, in which over 10 were killed. His body was found on a road Tuesday.
During the past few hours, five of those accused of involvment in Desouki’s killing were killed amid an armed forces campaign in North Sinai, according to military spokesperson Mohamed Samir’s Facebook account Tuesday.
Desouki worked at the Ports Security that administers the Rafah border crossing, and he was on his way back to his workplace in North Sinai when a group of militants targeted him. He was reported to have been killed by two shots in the head.
In Desouki’s home village Dakadous, his family and the residents received his body with weeping and wailing during the rituals of his mourning.
Caption: Killed Rafah captain mourned in Dakahlia
Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab mourned Desouki, offered his condolences to the victim’s family and stressed that the state would continue its fight against terrorism.
A security campaign was intensified, with military-police coordination, to target terrorist hotbeds as flourishing North Sinai, especially after 33 soldiers were killed in a deadly attack on Oct. 24, 2014.