Egypt court sentences 6 to death over checkpoint attack

A view of Egypt's High Court of Justice in Cairo can be seen in this file photo. (Reuters)
Updated 28 August 2018
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Egypt court sentences 6 to death over checkpoint attack

CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Tuesday sentenced six defendants to death for a fatal attack on a police checkpoint northwest of Cairo in 2016, judicial officials said.
The court also jailed two people for life and four others, including three minors, for terms ranging from three to 15 years.
They were all found guilty of killing a policeman during the assault and attempting to murder a second officer.
In addition, they were sentenced for allegedly forming and supporting a terrorist group to try to topple the government and attack police and armed forces personnel.
Egypt’s courts have sentenced to death or lengthy jail terms hundreds of people after speedy mass trials since the army ousted Islamist president Muhammad Mursi in 2013 amid protests against his rule.
International rights campaign group Reprieve says that figures it compiled indicate Egypt executed at least 83 people between January 2014 and February 2018.


Egyptian security forces kill 16 suspected militants

Updated 19 February 2019
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Egyptian security forces kill 16 suspected militants

  • Egyptian security forces killed 16 suspected militants in two separate raids in the city of Arish in North Sinai
  • The two sides were involved in exchanges of fire

CAIRO: Egyptian security forces killed 16 suspected militants in two separate raids in the city of Arish in North Sinai, state media said on Tuesday.
The report came the day after an explosion in central Cairo killed three policemen.
Ten suspected militants were killed in the Obeidat district of Arish and another six were killed in the Abu Eita district of the city, state-run Al Ahram said.
An undisclosed quantity of weapons, ammunition and explosives were found with the six in Abu Eita.
The two sides exchanged gunfire, it said without elaborating. It made no mention of any security forces casualties.
The suspected militants’ bodies were taken to several hospitals in the city of Ismailia to be examined and identified, security and medical sources said.
Egypt has been fighting an extremist insurgency since 2013, mostly concentrated in North Sinai.