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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Egypt army kills 5, arrests 12 in Sinai, sentences 11 to death #hnngov

Credit: Reuters
The Egyptian army killed five suspected terrorists early Tuesday in Sinai, a military source said.

The source told the Aswat Masriya website that four of those killed were plotting a “terrorist operation” against security forces.

The fifth suspect was shot while attempting to plant an explosive device near the north Sinai city of al-Arish, said the source, adding that another 12 suspects were arrested as part of ongoing Sinai operations.

Meanwhile, a court sentenced 11 men to death on Tuesday for their part in Egypt's worst violence at a soccer stadium, in which more than 70 fans were killed in 2012.

Many of the dead were crushed when panicked fans tried to escape from the Port Said stadium after a post-match pitch invasion by supporters of the local side al-Masry. Others fell or were thrown from terraces, witnesses said at the time. More than 1,000 were injured.

The court, whose session was televised live, sentenced one of the men to death in absentia. Ten men got 15 years in jail, 14 were sentenced to 10 years, and 15 men received a five-year sentence. The charges included murder and attempted murder.

Twenty-one people were found innocent. The verdicts can be appealed. Among those who received a five-year sentence was the former Port Said police chief.

The judge had referred the death sentence in April to Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam, the country's most senior religious authority, in a step required by law for convictions in capital cases.

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