Four Beheaded Bodies Found in Sinai

The decapitated bodies of four civilians were found in the Sinai Peninsula by residents of Sheikh Zuweid, two days after their reported abduction by gunmen as they traveled by automobile near the village. A week after the bodies were found, the Sinai-based militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis released a video in which the four men were rounded up by masked militants and beheaded. Initially, security officials suspected that the beheadings were due to the victims’ allegiance to the army and police. However, in the video released by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, the group claims that the victims were spying for Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service, and had provided intelligence for an airstrike that killed three of their fighters.