Egypt’s Sinai tribes put bounty on Daesh militant

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A tribal coalition in Egypt’s northeastern Sinai Peninsula on Saturday offered a one-million pound ($130,000) bounty for killing a senior leader of the Daesh-linked Welayet Sinai militant group.

“A bounty of one million [Egyptian] pounds has been offered for anyone who kills Shadi al-Menei, and 100,000 pounds [roughly $13,000] for information on his whereabouts,” the Youth Coalition of Sinai Tribes and Families said in a Facebook statement.

The statement was disseminated by Sheikh Moussa al-Dalh, a chieftain of Tarabin tribe, one of Sinai’s largest and most prominent tribes.

Another statement by the coalition, also published by al-Dalh, claimed that al-Menei had escaped to the Gaza Strip.

Active in northern Sinai, the Welayet Sinai group, formerly known as “Ansar Beit al-Maqdis,” acquired its current name after reportedly swearing allegiance to Daesh, which last year seized control of vast swathes of territory in both Iraq and Syria.

The group has claimed responsibility for most attacks against police and army personnel in the peninsula in recent months.

On Monday, scores of tribesmen staged an armed procession with pick-up trucks in areas where militants from Welayet Sinai group are believed to be hiding.

The parade came two days after President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi extended for additional three months the state of emergency in some areas in the Sinai Peninsula.

For almost two years, Egyptian authorities have tried to crack down on militants in the restive Sinai Peninsula, which shares borders with both Israel and the blockaded Gaza Strip.

The campaign comes amid a spike in attacks on security personnel since the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi by the army in mid-2013.

(AA)

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