A militant group from Egypt has pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State, according to an audio clip released on its twitter account.
Egyptian militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis has declared loyalty to the Islamic State, an al-Qaeda breakaway group active in Iraq and Syria. The group, which is present in Egypt’s turbulent Sinai Peninsula, made the announcement via an audio file uploaded to their twitter account, highlighting the growing influence of the Islamic State.
Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis is responsible for an increasingly violent wave of terror attacks in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, one of the most recent claiming the lives of more than 30 troops at a base on October 24.
The militant group joins a number of other militant, terrorist and Islamist organisations that have joined forces with the Islamic State in recent months, as the group continues to battle to establish a caliphate across the Middle East.