Militant group with ties to ISIS says it is responsible for killing Oklahoma oil worker in Egypt
ENID, Okla. – A militant group in Egypt with ties to ISIS is now claiming responsibility for the murder of an American oil worker.
The Ansar Beit al-Maqdis militant organization said that it carried out the killing of William Henderson.
The group even posted photos of Henderson’s passport and identification cards on its Twitter account.
Henderson worked for the Apache Corporation, which operates a joint venture with the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation.
Apache released a statement on Henderson’s death, saying 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.”
According to NBC News, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis recently pledged allegiance to ISIS after emerging in the wake of the Egyptian uprising in 2011.
It now refers to itself as “The Islamic State in Sinai” and has claimed responsibility for numerous terror attacks and assassination attempts in Egypt and Israel.
Henderson lived with his wife in Oklahoma until 2010 when they moved to Arkansas.
His funeral was held in Enid.
Stephen Jones, the attorney for Henderson’s estate, released the following statement:
“Mr. Henderson was a decent man, born and reared in Enid and Garber, Oklahoma. His father was undersheriff for Garfield County for many years and was a respected figure in law enforcement at the time of his death. Bill had worked for Apache for more than two decades. He and his wife, Carol, were married for more than three decades and have children and grandchildren. It is a sign of the respect the Enid community had for him by the thousands of people that gathered at his funeral on a Saturday morning.
His murder is senseless. Other than the symbolic act of murdering in cold blood in broad daylight an unarmed civilian in the middle of the desert, it advances no political goal of the organization responsible for his death, but shows them to be cowards and murderers. Arab and Muslim honor does not condone the murder of innocent civilians.
As an act of intimidation, it will fail. It has already been stamped as an act of cowardice. Americans will not be intimidated by individual or group murder and terrorism which all to often (sic) now have become the only provable claim of notice of various organization which insult the memory of the founder of their religion.”