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Under pressure, Sinai jihadists threaten more beheadings

Though Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis has been weakened by Egyptian security forces, the group continues to threaten the stability of the Sinai Peninsula.
Residents and tourists watch as smoke raises near a state security building after a blast in South Sinai October 7, 2013. Medical sources said three were killed and 48 injured in the blast near the state security building in South Sinai. A witness said it was caused by a car bomb.  REUTERS/Stringer (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTX142T0

RAFAH, Egypt — There’s been a lot of talk in the local and international media about the Sinai Peninsula — both on TV and in newspapers — after the terror group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis broadcast a video showing the beheading of four citizens. They had been accused of providing Israel with information about the movements of group members in the region.

"They are the enemy, so beware of them," read the title of the video. In it, the group revealed details about the involvement of local elements — group members' local Bedouin relatives — in helping the Israeli Mossad to monitor and eliminate individuals using Israeli drones.

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