The Al-Qaeda-inspired Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group in Egypt beheaded a man in the Sinai Peninsula for allegedly conspiring with Israel, security officials said Friday, according to The Associated Press (AP).
The terrorists dumped the beheaded body on the road in the town of Sheikh Zuweyid, and continue to hold several other men for the same reason, according to the officials.
They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.
Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis carried out a similar act last week. A beheaded corpse was found in the same town in the Sinai Peninsula, bearing a note from the group alleging the victim was an "Israeli spy."
"This is the fate of all who prove to be traitors in their homeland," the note said, claiming the victim "worked for the Mossad."
In a similar incident several weeks ago, four decapitated bodies were found in Sheikh Zuweid, which is about 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the Gaza border. Egyptian police established that the men had been kidnapped from Cairo several days beforehand.
Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis has claimed responsibility for a slew of terror attacks in Egypt and the Sinai 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.
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