The Egyptian military says it has killed the leader of the Daesh Takfiri group operating in a restive Sinai region northeast of the country.
The military said in statement Thursday that Abu Duaa al-Ansari was killed during an operation in the Sinai Peninsula. The statement identified Ansari as the leader of the Sinai branch of Daesh, saying he was killed in a series of air strikes near the town of Arish.
Reports said at least 45 other Daesh militants were killed in the air strikes while arms and ammunition stores used by Daesh were also destroyed. The Takfiri Velayat Sinai terror group, Daesh's offshoot in northeastern Egypt, has yet to confirm the killing of Ansari.