independent daily al-Masry al-Youm released on Thursday new information on the terrorist who executed the terror attack
against Said Pashpashe near the Israel-Egypt
security fence on Monday.
The terrorist, Khaled Saleh, detonated an improvised explosive device and then opened fire on two vehicles carrying construction workers. Following the attack on Israel's southern border, Golani soldiers who were scrambled to the area engaged the cell, killing Saleh and one other terrorists.
Prior to the attack, Saleh was filmed in a video clip which was later released by a jihadist organization calling itself the Mujahideen Shura Council. The organization is most likely linked to al-Qaeda.
|Mujahideen Shura Council's video|
Saleh lived in Egypt's Matrouh region and visited Libya
just after the full-scale revolt
against the country's leader Muammar Gaddafi
which began on February 17, 2011.
The newspaper further reported the Saleh, 25, joined one of the Libyan jihad organizations that took part in attacks against Gaddafi's forces.
Saleh remained in Libya for five months following a bullet wound to his right leg. He then returned to Egypt where he received further medical attention.
One of Saleh's friends said that "he was determined to die a martyr."
"Saleh disappeared for four months. No one had heard from him up until we saw him in the video, where he declared his intention to execute an attack in Israel," he added.
The Egyptian daily attempted to contact Saleh's brothers but the two refused to speak with the press. Sources close to the family said that the notice of his death has not yet been confirmed.
Meanwhile, the jihadist organization's video, which also claimed responsibility for the border attack in Israel, is currently being examined in Saudi Arabia.
Mansour al-Turki, a spokesman for the Saudi Interior Ministry said on Wednesday to the Saudi newspaper Ukaz, that the country is currently investigating the involvement of a Saudi citizen in the shooting attack against Israelis on the Egyptian border on Monday morning.