IS in Egypt be­heads Si­nai cler­ics mis­taken for priests

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

The Is­lamic State af­fil­i­ate in Egypt says it has be­headed two men that it mis­tak­enly de­scribed in a state­ment as priests, but who were later iden­ti­fied by lo­cals as lead­ing re­li­gious fig­ures from among Si­nai’s Be­douins.

Pictures were posted on the Twit­ter ac­counts of the group’s sup­port­ers. They showed one of the men, el­derly with a white beard and kneel­ing in an orange jump­suit with his neck pressed against a steel stand. Masked IS ex­e­cu­tion­ers dressed in black raised long swords over his head.

Lo­cals iden­ti­fied the man as the blind Sufi sheikh Suleiman Abu Heraz, who was ab­ducted two weeks ago from his farm south of the penin­sula’s town of el-Arish. The sec­ond man was iden­ti­fied as sheikh Said Ab­delFat­tah, a top Re­li­gious En­dow­ment cleric ab­ducted a month ago.

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