A Daesh-affiliated fighter was executed in Egypt today on charges of killing police and army officials, state media reported.
A court rejected Sheikh Adel Habara’s final appeal and President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi signed the death sentence despite Daesh’s threats to ignite “a volcano of jihad” across the country if he was executed.
“To the tyrant Sisi, if you dare to execute Sheikh Adel Habara then, by God, you will have ignited a volcano of jihad all over the country and opened the doors of hell on your soldiers and dogs and institutions,” a Daesh message on Telegram read.
Habara, 40, was sentenced to death in 2014 for killing 25 army conscripts in Northern Sinai in August 2013, state media MENA reported. On Monday, Egypt’s Court of Cassation upheld Habara’s second death sentence for killing a police detective in the governorate Sharqiya in 2012.
Habara was then taken from his cell at the maximum security Aqrab prison this morning to the Court of Cassation, where he was hanged in the presence of judicial officials.
Since taking office by ousting democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi in 2013, Al-Sisi has launched a fierce crackdown on Islamists and a raging insurgency in Northern Sinai, led by the Daesh-affliliated Sinai Province.
The militant group has killed hundreds of soldiers and police offices in regular attacks since Al-Sisi took power.
Deash claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at Cairo’s main Coptic cathedral that killed 25 people on Sunday.