Jihadists behead 4

CAIRO – An Egyptian jihadist group has released a video showing the execution of four men, including three being beheaded, accused of spying for the army and for Israel’s Mossad intelligence service.

It is the second time such gruesome footage has been distributed by Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (Partisans of Jerusalem), the deadliest militant group based in Egypt’s insurgency-hit Sinai region.

A similar video of beheadings was released by the group on August 28, showing the decapitation of four men also accused of being “Israeli informants”.

Ansar Beit al-Maqdis says it supports the Islamic State (IS) group which has seized swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria but has not pledged formal allegiance to it.

Sunday’s video, released on Twitter, features parts of a September speech by IS spokesman Abu Mohamed al-Adnani directed at Sinai jihadists, urging them to kill Egyptian security personnel.

The footage then shows the execution of four men after their recorded “confessions”.

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