The court in Egypt maintains the death penalty for 13 militants

CAIRO: An Egyptian Court Confirmed Tuesday The Death Sentences Of 13 Islamic Militants For Attacking Security Forces, A Judicial Officer Said.

The Suspects Were Accused Of Forming A Militant Group, Ajnad Misr (soldiers Of Egypt ), Who Has Taken Responsibility For Deadly Attacks On Security Forces In And Around The Capital City Cairo .

Egypt 's Cassation Court rejected an appeal against initial rulings passed by a Giza criminal tribunal in December 2017 .

The Accused Were Found Guilty Of Making And Possessing Explosive Materials, Bombs And Firearms, And Of Receiving Training Outside The Country .

They Were Also Convicted Of &terroristactsagainstpoliceforcesandpublicfacilitiesfromlate2013tomay2015.

apartfromthe13deathsentences,17defendantswerehandedlifeprisonterms,andninetobetweenfiveand15yearsinjail,whilefivewereacquitted.

ajnadmisrclaimedseveraldeadlyattacksagainstsecurityforcesandbombingoutsideofsuchkeybuildingsasthesupremecourtandthecabinetoffices.

in2015,thegroup' S Leader Hammam Mohamed Attiyah Was Shot Dead In A Cairo Gunfight With Police.

Police said Attiyah belonged to Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, the Egypt ian branch of the Islamic State group, before he broke away in 2013 to found Ajnad Misr .

Egypt has been battling an insurgency affiliated with IS in the restive North Sinai region since former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi was ousted in 2013 .

The government in February 2018 launched a large-scale military operation against IS in the Sinai Peninsula of eastern Egypt .

Around 600 Suspected Militants And 40 Soldiers Have Been Killed So Far, According To Official Figures.

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