Four Decapitated Bodies Found in Sinai; IS 'Copycats' Suspected
Four decapitated bodies were found north of the Sinai Peninsula Wednesday morning, about 15 kilometers from the border with Gaza.
Residents of Sheikh Zaveid found the bodies; security forces in Cairo estimated that the deceased were kidnapped from the Egyptian capital on Monday morning.
According to one police prediction, the four - who were last seen in a car - were kidnapped by a local terrorist organization on suspiscions of giving over information to Egyptian police and military forces.
A security source told the Al-Masry Al-Youm daily that the organization responsible for the murder, which he called Orfei Harsha'am (lit. "rear their heads"), are trying to imitate the methods of the execution of the "Islamic State" (IS; formerly known as ISIS), the terror group tearing through large swaths of Iraq and Syria.
Terror is rampant throughout the Sinai, which have been a problem for Egypt since the 2011 ouster of Hosni Mubarak, and have only gotten worse since Mubarak’s successor, Mohammed Morsi, was ousted as well a year ago.
Most of the terrorist attacks have been claimed by the Al-Qaeda-inspired Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis.
The group has claimed responsibility for a slew of terror attacks in Egypt since the military ousted former Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Among the attacks claimed by the group was the assassination of a top Egyptian police general, who was gunned down as he left his home in a west Cairo neighborhood, and a bus bombing on a tour bus filled with South Korean tourists in the Sinai.
Meanwhile, IS terrorism has been linked to similar 'copycats' in Gaza, after several reports have surfaced that the group's flags are flying in the region and that it has been behind rockets fired on Israel.