CAIRO, — Egyptian anti-terrorism forces killed the leader of the local branch of the local Daesh terrorist organization in Egypt’s restive North Sinai province, Egyptian military spokesman

Mohammed Samir said.

Based on intelligence, anti-terrorism forces, in cooperation with the air force, struck the strongholds of the Sinai Province terrorist group in south and south-western Arish city, the capital of North Sinai, killing its leader, Abu Doa’aa al-Ansary, and a number of his aides, the statement said.

The precise timing of the operation was not clear.

Formerly known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, the group originated in Sinai, taking advantage of a security breakdown in the vast desert peninsula following Egypt’s 2011 uprising, which ended the rule of Hosny Mubarak.

The group pledged allegiance in 2014 to the Daesh movement, changing its name into Sinai Province.

North Sinai province witnessed a rise in attacks, mainly against security forces, after the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi by the army in 2013. Sinai Province claimed responsibility for the October 31 crash of a Russian plane in the peninsula, which killed all 224 people on board.

Source: Name News Network