CAIRO: Two “terrorists” have been killed by military forces; one of them was implicated in the January abduction and killing of Captain Ayman el-Desouki in North Sinai, according to a Sunday statement by military spokesperson Mohamed Samir.
Forces from the Second Field Army chased two armed men on a motorbike in Arish based on local intelligence; one was killed and the other escaped. A walkie-talkie and the pistol belonging to Desouki were found on the body of the slain person, Samir said.
Meanwhile, the Third Field Army pursued Gomaa Sweilam, an alleged top militant in a pickup after the forces raided a village near Mount Helal in northern Sinai after a gun battle, according to Samir.
The forces found a machinegun, ammunition, a telescope and field glasses.
Desouki, who worked at the Rafah border crossing, was assassinated with a shot to the head in a video by the Islamic State group’s affiliate, formerly known as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis.
He was kidnapped on his way to Cairo after militants stopped two cars on a Sinai highway transporting him and other people returning to Cairo. After Desouki’s ID revealed his position as an officer, the militants kidnapped him.