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Egyptian terrorist group says it killed US oil engineer

02 December 2014

The body of Apache Corp oil engineer William Henderson was discovered dead in his car in Egypt’s Western Desert last August, and the killing was thought to be the result of a failed car-jacking. But on November 30, images of the Texan engineer were posted on an Islamist website, including his passport and work ID badges.

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Terror group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for his death on the website, putting into doubt the car-jacking thesis.

An Apache Corp spokeswoman said the US government was still investigating the incident. "Out of respect for the family and the ongoing nature of the investigation, I cannot comment further," she said in a statement.

The group has pledged loyalty to Islamic State, the militant group that has taken over swathes of Iraq and Syria and is now on the receiving end of US-led airstrikes.

Ansar Beit al-Maqdis has become a major security problem for the government, killing scores of police and soldiers in the lawless Sinai Peninsula, which is bounded by Israel, Gaza and the Suez Canal, one of the world's most important shipping routes.

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