Egyptian man beheaded, teenage son shot dead

2016-03-01 19:25
ISIS members (File, AP)

ISIS members (File, AP)

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Cairo - An Egyptian man has been beheaded and his teenage son shot dead in the Sinai, officials said Tuesday of the peninsula where Islamic State group jihadists are spearheading an insurgency.

The man and his 17-year-old son were killed late on Monday in the North Sinai provincial town of El-Arish, security officials and medics said.

No militant group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

In the past, jihadists from the Egyptian affiliate of ISIS have beheaded several people and posted gruesome pictures online after accusing them of spying for the army in the Sinai.

"The man's decapitated body and his son's body were brought to hospital on Monday night. His son was shot in the head," a medic said.

The killings come weeks after Egypt's ISIS affiliate posted pictures online of two men it said were killed for spying for the military in the Sinai.

The ISIS affiliate - "Sinai Province" - is waging an insurgency in the restive peninsula that has killed hundreds of soldiers and policemen since the military overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

The group also claimed the October 31 downing of a Russian airliner carrying tourists over Sinai that killed all 224 people on board.

IS said it had smuggled a bomb onto the plane at an airport in the south of the peninsula.

The Sinai jihadists pledged allegiance in November 2014 to ISIS, which controls parts of Iraq and Syria and also has a presence in conflict-ridden Libya.

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