15 hanged in Egypt for terror attacks

ABHISHEK BAJPAI 27/12/2017 10:56:33


Cairo, Dec 27: In mass execution  fifteen men convicted of terrorist attacks have been hanged by Egyptian authorities on Tuesday.

The executions took place in two prisons where these men were found guilty of attacking soldiers and policemen in the restive Sinai region, which is notorious for an armed insurgency, agency reports said.

All the 15 men were convicted for an attack in the Sinai Peninsula in 2013, the start of an Islamic insurgency that the military-dominated government has been battling ever since.

The hangings, reported by state media, were the biggest mass execution in Egypt since six convicted jihadists were hanged in 2015.

A military court found the men guilty on terrorism charges last month for an attack on a military checkpoint in which one army officer and eight soldiers were killed.

That assault came amid a surge of violence that swept across Egypt after Egyptian security forces forcibly broke up two Islamist sit-ins in the capital, Cairo, killing over 800 people. The military had seized power six weeks earlier, overthrowing a democratically elected Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The executions on Tuesday raise the number of people put to death since the military took over to 23.

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