CAIRO, — Egypt’s Daesh affiliate has confirmed the killing of its chief, two weeks after the military announced his death during an operation in the North Sinai, state-owned Ahram Online reported on Thursday.

A statement posted online by accounts affiliated to the group said that Abu Doaa al-Ansari along with other militants were killed while countering a military campaign by the army.

However, earlier in the month the army announced that al-Ansari was killed along with his top aides and several other militants in a series of airstrikes.

Originally known as Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, the group now calls itself Sinai Province, and has claimed several of the deadly attacks that took place during the past year in the country.

In the statement, the militant group also announced Sheikh Abdullah as its new chief.

Source: Name News Network