The Egyptian army said Thursday it had killed the leader of the local branch of the jihadist group Islamic State (EI) in the Sinai Peninsula to the east and leads for more than three years of attacks mainly targeting security forces .

In a statement on his Facebook page, the military said, without clear day, having “killed the leader of Ansar Beit al-Maqdess, Douaa Abu al-Ansari, and many of his most important assistants” in strikes in North Sinai.

Responsible for numerous attacks in Sinai , the jihadist group Ansar Beit al-Maqdess previously linked to al Qaeda, had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in November 2014 .

The army also announced in its statement that “more than 45 terrorist group were killed and dozens more wounded” in these “precise strikes against hideouts of the IE group (…) to the south and southwest the city of Al-Arish “, capital of North Sinai province.

arms depots destruction, ammunition and explosives

This operation was conducted on the basis of “specific information of armed forces” with “the forces of counter-terrorism in cooperation with the air force,” the statement added.

A military source told the AFP that Abu al-Ansari Douaa “is the number one” of the group.

According to the military statement, the strikes have also “destroyed arms depots, ammunition and explosives” jihadists.

The military has repeatedly said killing of the group’s leaders. But it is not possible to verify this information from independent sources.