Twitter accounts affiliated with Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM) released a video Monday of the abduction and execution of Captain Ayman el-Desouki, where he was possibly forced to slam the Egyptian police.
Desouki, who worked at the Ports Security that administers the Rafah border crossing, was abducted Jan. 11. His dead body was shot at least three times in the head, according to the video seen by The Cairo Post, where Desouki appeared blindfolded.
The video began with a speech by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the late leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, and footage of violence incidents involving women, especially female students at Al-Azhar University. The university has witnessed numerous violent protests since the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.
The film, entitled “we vow to take revenge,” then showed the abduction of Desouki, as he was being led out of his car.
“The Ministry of Interior detains girls and female students, and they are tortured and raped in the prisons of the Ministry of Interior, which I work for,” Desouki said.
He then called on the police to release all girls, otherwise “every officer in the Ministry of Interior will be targeted.” Desouki’s voice sounded on the verge of tears, but the video also used light effects making his face look rather red.
Special Forces supported by armored vehicles, tanks and Hummers had been combing Rafah and Sheikh Zuwayed in search for the officer before they found his body, a process in which dozens of “militants” were killed and arrested, Youm7 reported.
ABM pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in November 2014, and has since self-proclaimed itself as Wilayat Sinai (The State of Sinai.)
Desouki and several other officers had been waiting in Rafah for about six days to head back to their homes in other governorates via sea, but bad weather conditions did not improve, the General Coalition of Police Officers (GCPO) reported witnesses to the abduction saying Jan. 11 on its Facbeook page.
“Wait for videos to be released by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, who call themselves Wilayat Sinai, to brag about this ‘successful’ operation, in their standards,” GCPO said, adding that the incident is a result of “leaders’ lack of awareness” and issuing instructions to travel on an unsecured road due to high sea waves.
GCPO called for holding responsible the head of the Authority of Ports Security and all police chiefs who decided that the officer move without security.
The officers traveled in two vehicles; a cab and a private car, and the militants had machineguns and a video camera, according to witnesses.
The Bedouin driver of the cab told them the passengers were employees at the Rafah border crossing, and were allowed to leave. The driver of the private car, which was boarded by three officers, produced a card that proves he was a customs employee. The second officer said he lost his ID and that he was a customs employee as well.
Desouki, on the other hand, produced his ID that said he was an officer. The private car was allowed to leave, and Desouki was abducted.