Mossad allegedly behind assassination of Egyptian militant in Sinai
September 3, 2012 2 Comments
By JOSEPH FITSANAKIS | intelNews.org |
Israeli intelligence operatives were allegedly behind the assassination late last month of an Egyptian militant who died when his motorcycle suddenly exploded in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Citing unnamed Egyptian security sources, the Palestinian Ma’an News Agency said the target of the assassination was Ibrahim Ouda Bereikat, a member of the militant group Jamaat Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis fi Sinaa. The group had claimed responsibility for a series of cross-border attacks in August of 2011, which killed eight Israeli citizens. Five Egyptian police officers and ten militants were also reportedly killed in the attacks, which sparked a diplomatic episode between Cairo and Tel Aviv. The Ma’an report cited Egyptian sources who said that the Israeli raid was the first known incursion into Sinai ever since Israel and Egypt signed the 1979 Camp David Accords. The news agency said that Bereikat’s assassination was carried out by a team of four officers from the Mossad, Israel’s primary covert-action agency. The four allegedly bribed several Bedouin tribesmen who live in southern Sinai, and had them lead them to Bereikat’s whereabouts, approximately 10 miles (15 kilometers) into Egyptian territory. The report claims that the eight-member team —four Mossad operatives and four Bedouins— first tried to kill Bereikat on August 22, but failed because, ironically, their target had been picked up for questioning by Egyptian security forces. The Mossad officers thus returned late on Saturday, August 25, and planted explosives on Bereikat’s motorcycle. The explosives were allegedly detonated via a remote mechanism attached to the vehicle. The Ma’an News Agency report adds that the operation was supported by a number of “Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles”. Within a few days, Egyptian security forces had allegedly been able to trace the Mossad team’s tracks and reconstruct the method of the attack that killed Bereikat. Subsequent reports from Egypt claimed that one of the four Bedouins, who allegedly assisted the Mossad, was found dead and beheaded this past Saturday. In a statement, the Jamaat Ansar —the group that claimed responsibility for the August 2011 cross-border attacks— said that the Bedouin had been killed after admitting having helped the Mossad assassinate Bereikat.