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Egyptian jihadist group Ansar denies 'leader' slain

A man walks past three cartoon pyramids with pictures of former Egyptian army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi displayed by Sisi campaigners, on a bridge in central Cairo May 24, 2014. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

CAIRO: Egyptian jihadist group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis denied on Sunday that Shadi al-Menei has been killed, after security sources said they killed the man identified as its leader.

The group also denied Menei was its leader, in a statement published on Islamist militant Internet forums accompanied by a picture of him reading a report about his "death" on a laptop.

The picture could not be immediately authenticated.

Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, based in the Sinai Peninsula, has spearheaded attacks that killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers since July last year.

 

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