Sinai-based jihadi terror group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM), which now calls itself the Islamic State in Sinai, or Sinai Province (of the Islamic State), claimed late Sunday that it was responsible for killing 58-year-old Texas native William Henderson, who was believed to be working for his oil company at a location in Egypt.
The terror group posted pictures of Henderson’s ID cards and passport to an official Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) social media page on Sunday.
Henderson’s obituary stated that he “passed suddenly while working in Karama, Egypt, on August 6th,” according to NBC News.
On Monday, Henderson’s employer, Apache Corp, released a statement: “[The] tragic carjacking incident this past August involving our colleague Bill Henderson is still under investigation by the U.S. government. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the Henderson family.”
Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, translated into English as Champions of Jerusalem, pledged full allegiance to the Islamic State terror group in November.
Their most targeted enemies include the militaries of Egypt and Israel. The group also has very close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. The founder of Islamic Jihad in Egypt has claimed that the group received direct funding from the MB. Others have previously described Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis as the Sinai Peninsula “military wing of the Muslim Brotherhood.” Following the ouster of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi, ABM started to hone in on targeting the Egyptian military and citizens who supported the country’s new government. Last month, the group killed 31 Egyptian soldiers in a raid on an army barracks.
In April, the U.S. State Department designated ABM as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.
One of Henderson’s two daughters told NBC News she was “taken by surprise” and that “It’s just a little overwhelming” after hearing news that her father was potentially murdered by a jihadist terror group.