Court demands death for 13 suspected militants

Court seeks death for 13 suspected militants

An Egyptian court on Sunday wanted death sentences for thirteen members of associate religionist cluster that has claimed various attacks against security forces in and around Cairo, justice officers aforementioned.

The defendants ar suspected of links to Ajnad Misr (Soldiers of Egypt), a militant cluster that has claimed responsibility for attacks on security forces within the capital and El Giza province since the military ousted religionist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

The prosecution has suspect the thirteen of killing troopers, police and civilians and exploding explosives in additionalthan twenty locations.

The sentences are subject to review by the country’s mufti, the official interpreter of Islamic law, although his verdict is not binding.

Following his review, the court is due to pass sentence on December 7.

Egypt has been battling an insurgency by an Islamic State group affiliate based in North Sinai since Morsi’s ouster.

Ajnad Misr has focused on the capital, claiming several deadly attacks against security forces and planting bombs outside key buildings such as a presidential palace and Cairo University.

In 2015, the group’s leader Hammam Mohamed Attiyah was shot dead in a gunfight in the city.

Police say Attiyah previously belonged to Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, the Egyptian branch of IS, but broke away in 2013 to found Ajnad Misr.

Jihadists say their attacks are in retaliation for a government crackdown on Morsi supporters that has left hundreds dead and thousands jailed.


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