Dead bodies of the Egyptian Christians killed by Islamic state in 2015- Press Photo of Libya's criminal investigation department
CAIRO – 7 September 2017: The identity of the Islamic State leader who carried out the killing operation of Egyptian Copts in the Libyan city of Sirte is revealed, Libyan authorities reported.
Abu Amer al-Jazrawi is one of the Islamic State leaders who committed the killing operation of Egyptian Copts in Libya. He is the one who spoke in English in a video released by the terrorist group.
The Islamic State released a video on February 15, 2015 showing Egyptian Coptic Christians in orange jumpsuits being led along a beach, each accompanied by a masked militant. Later in the video, the men are made to kneel as another militant addressed the camera in English before the men are simultaneously beheaded.
Once the branch of IS group in Libya released the video, the Egyptian National Defense Council, after holding a meeting with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, took the decision to launch airstrikes of alleged havens of the IS group in Libya’s eastern city of Derna.
The operation was conducted in cooperation with the Libyan Army using six fighter jets of F-16C block 52.