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Leader of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group 'shot dead' in North Sinai

May 25, 2014 4:22 A.M. (Updated: May 27, 2014 11:46 A.M.)
CAIRO (Ma'an) -- A leader in the al-Qaeda-inspired Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group has been killed in Sheikh Zuweid city in North Sinai Peninsula, high-profile Egyptian security sources said on Sunday.

The sources told Ma'an that Salamah Atallah Abu Dan had been killed by a group of gunmen affiliated to Bedouin families in Sinai.

The sources said that Abu Dan masterminded and partook in an attack on Egyptian soldiers during the holy month of Ramadan in 2012 that killed 16 soldiers.

The sources say Bedouin families decided to kill Abu Dan because they believe he was involved in the killing of their children under the pretext that they cooperated with the Egyptian army. As a result, a group of gunmen ambushed Abu Dan in Sheikh Zuweid Saturday evening and shot him dead.

Egyptian army commanders in Sinai described Abu Dan as "one of the most dangerous terrorists" who partook in the killing of many Egyptian soldiers.

The claimed killings comes after the group denied army claims that another commander, Shadi al-Menei, had been killed in an ambush as security sources had said.

The group said that he was neither a leader in the group nor was he dead, and showed a picture of him reading news of his death on a laptop.
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