Egyptian militants say killed American oil engineer

(Reuters) – Egypt’s deadliest militant group said on Monday it was behind the killing of an American petroleum engineer whose body was found in a car in a desert region almost four months ago.

The group, Sinai Province, named the engineer as William Henderson and included a photograph of his passport and two photo identity cards showing he worked for U.S. energy company Apache Corp. and Qarun Petroleum.

It did not show pictures or footage of Henderson himself or give details about how or why he was killed.

Egyptian officials were not available for comment, but security sources have previously said Henderson died in August in what was believed at the time to be a criminal carjacking in Egypt’s vast Western Desert.

Apache Corp. spokeswoman Castlen Kennedy said the U.S. 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.

It was not possible to verify the authenticity of the claim, which appeared on a Twitter feed that has been used in the past to post statements from the militant group.

Sinai Province was previously known as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis. It changed its named after pledging loyalty this month to Islamic State, the militant group that has taken over swathes of Iraq and Syria and now faces U.S.-led airstrikes…

Odd to claim it four months later. Why the long wait?  Lying?  Never!

  • Justin

    I wonder why they killed an American who supposed to be their allie?
    Americans brought the muslim brotherhood to power after abandoning
    their long-term secularist friend, Mubarak. Americans have also done the same thing in Libya and are now arming and supporting ISIS and other islamo-fascists who are fighting in Syria to topple Assad.

  • Maurixio Garcia S

    The Middle East is not a place to visit or do business over there,those countries do not match with West at all,just ignore them so they can live in their stone age times.

  • Exile1981

    Why was he traveling alone? Apache pulled 90% of their people back during the first arab spring when Mubaric was tossed and the few that have stayed are under security at all times.

    This seems odd.