Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi

Source: Nwo Report

The dawn attack comes a day after video emerged purporting to show the beheading of 21 Egyptians by black-clad militants.

Egypt’s military says it has bombed Islamic State (IS) targets in Libya, a day after the group released a video purporting to show the beheading of 21 Egyptians.

The attack focused on camps, training sites and weapons storage areas across Egypt’s border with Libya.

A spokesman for the Armed Forces General Command said it was “to avenge the bloodshed and to seek retribution from the killers”.

“Let those far and near know that Egyptians have a shield that protects them,” the statement added.

The strikes come after video emerged showing handcuffed hostages dressed in orange jumpsuits being murdered by militants identified as being from the Tripoli Province of IS.

Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah al Sisi, has threatened to carry out a “suitable” punishment for the killings.

“Egypt reserves the right to respond in a suitable way and time to punish these murderers,” he said.

Libya’s air force also said it had launched airstrikes in the eastern city of Darna, which was taken over by an IS affiliate last year.

The announcement on the Facebook page of the Air Force Chief of Staff did not give any more details.

In January, the IS branch in Libya claimed it had abducted 21 Egyptian Christians.

The country’s foreign ministry confirmed at the time that 20 Egyptians had been kidnapped in two separate incidents in Libya.

Relatives of those kidnapped have gathered in Cairo in recent days to call for the hostages to be released.

Egypt’s Copts are the largest Christian community in the Middle East and are estimated to account for around 10% of the country’s population.

Thousands of Egyptians have headed to Libya to work since the Egyptian uprising in 2011, despite government advice that they should stay away from the country.