CAIRO, May 25 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's top militant group refuted Sunday on media reports claiming that one of its leaders was killed along with five other militants in the restive Sinai Peninsula on Friday.
"They claimed Jihadist Shadi el-Menei was killed and he was Emir (leader) of the group, but he was not the Emir nor he was killed," the al-Qaida-inspired, Sinai-based militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis or "Champions of Jerusalem" said in an online statement.
Citing security officials, media reports said on Friday el- Menei, reportedly one of prominent leaders of the militant group, was ambushed and killed in Sinai.
The group has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks including the October attack on the military intelligence headquarters in Ismailia and the December blast that hit police headquarters in the Nile Delta province of Daqahliya which left 16 dead and more than one hundred wounded.
In April, an Egyptian court ruled the Jihadist group a terrorist organization. It was branded by the U.S. as a terrorist group the same month.
Since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi by the army last July, Islamist militancy has raised sharply and militants have mainly targeted police and army especially in the Sinai Peninsula bordering Israel, but later they expanded to reach Cairo and Nile Delta cities.
A recent government report said the death toll from such attacks reached nearly 500 people, most of whom are soldiers and police.