A video has been released by Islamic State in Egypt showing a thief having his hand cut off to boast of its ‘eye for an eye’-attitude to crime and punishment.
Images captured from the videos shows 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 horrific pictures were released by the Egyptian faction of ISIS called Wilyat Sinai, emerged just hours after the group claimed to be behind an attack on six military checkpoints on the Sinai Peninsula.
Barbaric: The images released by the Egyptian faction of ISIS shows the thief having his hand secured in place with a rope, before an executioner chops it off with a meat cleaver
The images shows the moments before the man is punished, and sees him sat by a table in front of a small crowd and an ISIS leader speaking.
It is still unknown whether the man being punished is a member of the Islamic State or if he is simply subjected to the harsh Sharia law the terrorists practice.
His wrist is seen being disinfected with a red liquid, as his arm is being stretched across the executioner’s block with a white rope.
At least two men hold the thief down, an executioner dressed in black uses a meat cleaver and a metal pole to cut the hand off.
The final image sees the thief having his stump wrapped in bandages by ISIS fighters in hospital scrubs.
Terror rule: Before the man is punished, he is seen sitting by a table in front of a small crowd and an ISIS leader speaking
Health and safety? A red liquid, believed to be disinfectant or a local anesthetic, is applied on the man’s arm before the punishment
In northern Sinai, Egyptian security forces have been battling Islamist militants, which borders the Gaza Strip and Israel, for several years.
But the insurgency, led by Wilyat 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.
Medical help: Two men in fresh scrubs are seen bandaging the stump after the hand had been cut off by the executioner
The officials said, apache helicopter gunships were called in to repel the attackers, 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 Wilyat Sinai said: ‘The fighters confronted Israeli jets that flew above the state and targeted the Eshkol compound with two Grad rockets,’ the statement said.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage and the group did not provide evidence for its claim.