Egypt has executed Hisham Ashmawi, a man once considered the country’s most wanted jihadist.
The country’s state-owned Nile News TV channel and Egypt’s military spokesman said he was killed on Wednesday morning.
He was also convicted of being behind a 2013 attempt to assassinate then Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim.
Ashmawi was captured in eastern Libya by forces loyal to renegade commander Khalifa Haftar.
The renegade commander of the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), which has close relations with Egypt’s government, handed Ashmawi over for trial last May.
Ashmawi, also known as Abu Umar al-Muhajir, once served in the Egyptian army’s special operations force but was dismissed over his religious views.
The army said he later became a senior figure in the Sinai-based jihadist group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, but that he left before it pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in 2014.
In 2015, Ashmawi allegedly established an al-Qaeda-aligned group called al-Mourabitoun, which was blamed foran attack two years later that killed 28 Christian pilgrims travelling to a monastery.
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