Shocking news has emerged of four beheadings that took place in the North Sinai town of Sheikh Zuwaid, fanning fears of Islamic State-linked forces in Egypt.
Four beheaded corpses have been found in Sinai, following a brutal ISIS-style attack just hours after the group butchered a well-known US journalist in Iraq.
The chilling discovery came in Sheikh Zuwaid, a village in the heart of Ansar Bayt Al Maqdis's North Sinai stronghold. Security sources claim that the victims may have been targetted by jihadists for their perceived allegiance to the police and army.
There are now fears that the grizzly attacks could signal a rise in the number of deadly beheadings being carried out by extremists in the region. Ansar Bayt Al Maqdis last month pledged allegiance to the heartless Islamic State militants led by self-proclaimed caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The news looks set to spark fears among many that the group is on the verge of gaining a foothold amid a perceived security vacuum in the North Sinai area.
The shocking news comes just hours after renowned US journalist James Foley was beheaded by a British ISIS fighter in Iraq, after more than a year in captivity. In a chilling video Foley appears in an orange jumpsuit and reads a final statement before his head is brutally sawn off by his captor.
The group now claim that they will continue to behead journalists unless the US stops airstrikes designed to wipe out the terror group.
Earlier this year Ansar Bayt Al Maqdis pledged allegience to the newly formed Islamic State, signalling fresh cooperation between the groups. Tensions have remained high in the North Sinai region during recent months, following a terror crackdown by the Egyptian army, which left many civilians injured or dead.
Meanwhile jihadists also came under fire from local residents in Al-Arish, after a rocket aimed at a security building accidentally landed in a supermarket, killing a 9-year-old girl. Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis also carried out a sickening PR campaign, targetting local residents earlier this year, warning of plans to establish Islamic law in the area and vowing revenge for the deaths of fellow Islamist fighters.
Egyptian security officials are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the deadly beheading attack.