Residents in the Sinai Peninsula report that they found a beheaded corpse bearing a note signed by an Islamist militant group linked to ISIS.
Residents from a village south of the town of Sheikh Zuweid in northern Sinai said that the decapitated body bore a note signed by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis.
The note claimed the victim was an agent for the Israeli spy agency Mossad.
The villagers recounted that the note read, “This is the fate of all who prove to be traitors to their homeland.”
Wednesday’s grisly discovery marks the eighth beheading claimed by the militant group in Sinai in less than a single month.
Yahoo News described Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis as “the most powerful and ruthless militant group in Sinai”; last month, the group said that it had beheaded four Egyptians for providing Israel with intelligence for an airstrike that killed three of its fighters.
The group posted a video of the beheadings on Twitter. The images are reported to have resembled those posted on the Internet by ISIS, which include the beheadings of two U.S. journalists.
According to a senior Ansar commander, ISIS had been advising Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis on how to operate more effectively.
Egyptian intelligence officials have said that ISIS is also influencing Egyptian militants based just over the border with Libya.
Hardline Islamist militants’ attacks on police and soldiers have risen since last year, when the army toppled President Mohamed Mursi.
While militant attacks initially targeted security forces in Sinai, they have extended their reach. Bombings and shootings have extended onto the mainland.