CAIRO: An Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis member has purportedly expressed his regret over killing innocent people, according to a scan of a paper posted Sunday by military spokesperson Mohamed Samir.
The paper was found along with weapons, ammunition and military costumes at a “terrorist hotbed” in North Sinai.
“Oh God, I repent to You of every person whose blood I have shed under the premise that he is Your enemy or belongs to infidels and tyrants,” read the Arabic message in the paper.
“I repent to You for having killed any innocent person on the grounds that I support Your religion […] I repent to God, regret what I have done and am firmly determined not to go back,” the message read.
Expert of jihadist movements Ahmed Ban, told the Cairo Post that similar message are often conveyed by Islamist militants engage in violence.
“We have seen jihadists or Islamists in contemporary history abandoning violence. Some Muslim Brotherhood members signed a petition supporting late President Gamal Abdel Nasser and declared they would quit the group and would no longer resort to violence,” Ban said.
Ban set popular Lebanese singer Fadl Shaker as an example; Shaker recently announced he regrets having been a jihadist in Syria.” Ban believes the message found in Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis possession shows “real regret by that terrorist.”
Militants based in the northern tip of the peninsula have launched numerous attacks on the military and since the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi. The attacks have killed hundreds of soldiers as well as civilian victims.
Egypt, the U.S., and some Gulf states list the group as a “terrorist organization.” After pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group in November 2014, Sinai-based militants have proclaimed they operate under the name Sinai Province.
Samir announced on May 9 that the army has killed 725 “terrorist” in confrontations with armed groups in North Sinai within the past six months.