Egypt: 292 for military trial over Sinai terrorism

Egypt’s prosecution on Sunday referred 292 suspected terrorists to military trial over charges of carrying out terror activities in restive Sinai Peninsula and planning to assassinate President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, Egypt’s official Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported.

According to the report, the defendants belong to the so-called “Sinai State,” a Sinai-based group loyal to the regional Islamic State (IS) militant group, which claimed responsibility for most of the anti-government terrorist attacks over the past a few years.

Egypt has been facing a rising wave of terrorist operations and bomb attacks, mostly in North Sinai province, since the military removed former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 in response to mass protests against his one-year rule and his blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood group.

On November 4, a military brigadier general was assassinated by three terrorists outside his home in North Sinai, while a judge survived a blast in Cairo during the day.

Earlier in mid-October, about 20 soldiers were killed in North Sinai in a series of blasts and armed attacks, while the security forces retaliated by killing around 100 militants and wounding 40 others.

While anti-government attacks over the past few years killed hundreds of police and military men, security raids killed around 1,200 militants.

More than 1,000 suspected militants have also been arrested in North Sinai as part of the country’s “war against terrorism” declared by then-military chief and current President Sisi.

 

Xinhua/Zainab Sa’id