Egyptian court sentences 13 militants to death over terror charges

CAIRO, Oct. 10 — An Egyptian court sentenced on Sunday 13 members
of a disbanded militant group to death over charges of involvement in
terrorist attacks on security forces, official MENA news agency reported.

Giza Criminal Court referred the files of 13 members of Ajnad Misr, known
as “Soldiers of Egypt,” to the country’s highest religious authority, the
Grand Mufti, for his non-binding Islamic legal opinion on their execution.
The case originally includes 42 defendants accused of installing explosive
devices, targeting various venues including checkpoints, police stations,
vital institutions and public properties as well as murdering policemen and
citizens. The court will issue the final verdict on Dec. 7.

Egypt has been fighting against a wave of terror activities that killed
hundreds of policemen and soldiers since the military toppled Morsi in July
2013 in response to mass protests against his one-year rule and his
currently blacklisted Brotherhood group. Terror attacks in Egypt used to
focus on police and military men in North Sinai before spreading nationwide
and targeting the Coptic minority as well, with most of them claimed by a
Sinai-based group loyal to the regional Islamic State (IS) militant group.

Ajnad Misr pledged allegiance to the IS in 2014, a year before its founder
was killed as announced by the Egyptian police in April 2015. Meanwhile,
the Egyptian military and police have killed hundreds of militants and
arrested a similar number of suspects as part of the country’s anti-terror
war declared by President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, the army chief then,
following Morsi’s removal. – XINHUA