ISIS in Egypt has released a video showing a thief having his hand cut off to boast of it's 'eye for an eye' attitude to crime and punishment.
Images from the video show the alleged criminal having his hand disinfected and secured in place with a rope, before an executioner chops it off with a meat cleaver. The final image sees the thief having his stump wrapped in bandages by ISIS fighters in hospital scrubs.
The pictures, released by the Egyptian faction of ISIS called Wilayat Sinai, emerged just hours after the group claimed to be behind an attack on six military checkpoints on the Sinai peninsula.
It is not known if the man being punished is a member ISIS or if he is simply subjected to the harsh Sharia law the terrorists practice.
Egyptian security forces have been battling ISIS in northern Sinai, which borders the Gaza Strip and Israel, for several years.
But the insurgency, led by Wilayat Sinai, has gained momentum since the Egyptian military ousted an elected Islamist president in 2013.
On Sunday, suspected ISIS militants attacked six checkpoints in the turbulent north of the Sinai Peninsula, killing seven soldiers and wounding 37, security and hospital officials said.
The officials said the near-simultaneous attacks took place at and around the town of Sheikh Zweid, with dozens of militants using heavy machine guns and mortars.
Apache helicopter gunships were called in to repel the attackers, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
An army statement said 24 attackers were killed and two SUVs they used were destroyed. The area was being combed by troops in pursuit of the militants, the statement said. This was followed by claims on Monday that the group was responsible for two rockets fired on Sunday from Egypt's Sinai peninsula into Israel.
A statement released by Wilayat Sinai said, "The fighters confronted Israeli jets that flew above the state and targeted the Eshkol compound with two Grad rockets."
There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage and the group did not provide evidence for its claim.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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