News

Egypt’s Police Forces Kill Top ‘Welayat Sinai’ Leader in Cairo

Egypt’s Police Forces Kill Top ‘Welayat Sinai’ Leader in Cairo

Archive photo
Archive photo

Egyptian police forces killed Ashraf El-Gharably, a top leader of militant group Welayat Sinai, while attempting to arrest him in the northern Cairo neighborhood of El-Marg, the Ministry of Interior said in a statement.

According to the statement, police forces had been monitoring El-Gharably in Cairo, where he was reportedly planning a terrorist attack. As police forces planned an ambush to arrest him, El-Gharably “sensed their presence and shot at them in an attempt to flee,” resulting in a shoot-out that ended in El-Gharably’s death.

Egyptian authorities considered the militant leader to be one of the country’s most dangerous criminals. El-Gharably was responsible for an assassination attempt against former Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim, in addition to several attacks on army checkpoints and security buildings around Egypt.

He also orchestrated and executed fatal attacks on various police and military figures, as well as the kidnapping and killing of Bill Henderson, an American oil worker in December of last year.

Welayat Sinai, previously known as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, is an ISIS-affiliated terrorist group based in Egypt’s Sinai provinces.

The group most recently took credit for downing the Russian plane carrying 224 civilians, which crashed over North Sinai last month on its way from Sharm El Sheikh to St. Petersburg in Russia. However, Egyptian and Russian authorities were quick to refute this claim, saying the plane’s altitude prior to the crash was too high for a missile to reach.

Egyptian security forces have been entrenched in a long and bloody battle with the terrorist group and other jihadists since the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

Palestine's Abbas Maintains He Rejected Plan to Annex Part of Sinai
Two US Security Personnel Shot Dead in Jordan

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

Archaeological Mission Unearths Ancient Pregnant Woman Burial

Egyptian StreetsNovember 14, 2018

Egyptian MP to Submit Bill Omitting Religion from National IDs to Parliament

Egyptian StreetsNovember 12, 2018

British Parliament Encourages Lifting the Travel Ban Imposed on Sharm El Sheikh

Nour EltiganiNovember 11, 2018

Egyptian Film ‘Yomeddine’ Wins at Geneva Film Festival

Mirna AbdulaalNovember 10, 2018

UN: Food Aid to Be Doubled to 14 Million Yemenis to Avert Starvation

Mirna AbdulaalNovember 10, 2018

Bedouin Tribes of ‘Sinai Trail’ Get Backing From Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism

Mirna AbdulaalNovember 10, 2018

Egyptian Committee to Amend Controversial NGO Law

Nour EltiganiNovember 9, 2018

Private School Fees in Cairo Can Cost Up to 3 Million EGP

Mirna AbdulaalNovember 8, 2018
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2017 Egyptian Streets. All Rights Reserved.