“Number two” of a terrorist group linked to Al Qaeda, sentenced to death in Egypt

An Egyptian court sentenced Bahaa Kishk to death, who is believed to be the “number two” of Hisham Ashmaui, a former army officer and former high-ranking official of an al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group who was executed in the country last year after his imprisonment in Libya.

The court has reportedly sentenced Kishk and two others who remain on the run on terrorism charges, to which Grand Mufti Shauki Ibrahim Abdelkarim Alam, whose opinion is required but not binding on death sentences, has given its approval.

“Number two” of a terrorist group linked to Al Qaeda, sentenced to death in Egypt
“Number two” of a terrorist group linked to Al Qaeda, sentenced to death in Egypt

Prosecutors accused the three suspects of holding positions of responsibility in Al Murabitún, the group Ashmaui founded after he left Ansar Bait al Maqdis in 2015 to commit himself to the Islamic State, and sold weapons, ammunition and explosives to the Group to have delivered.

Kishk, arrested in Libya and extradited to Egypt, is considered “number two” by Ashmaui, who was captured in the Libyan city of Derna in 2018 and was considered the country’s most dangerous terrorist before his execution by hanging in March 2020.

Ashmaui joined the Egyptian army in 1996 and became an officer in a special forces unit, although he became more radical over the years and was finally released in 2011, after which he went to Ansar Bait al Maqdis for a year.

After the group’s pledge of loyalty to the Islamic State in 2014, the man founded his own group, which is linked to al-Qaeda and also operates in eastern Libya. This group was charged with the murder of the then Egyptian Attorney General Hisham Barakat in 2015, among other attacks.

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