Egypt hangs 6 militants

Egyptian First Deputy Prime Minister Vice and Minister of Defense, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi sits in the Defense Ministry in Cairo, Egypt, 01 August 2013. Westerwelle is holding political talks with representatives from the government and the opposition. Photo by: Michael Kappeler/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

Egypt on Sunday hanged six persons convicted of being Islamist militants. The suspects were members of Sinai-based Ansar Beit al-Maqdis group, the state prison department sector said in statement.

The statement added that the hanged Islamists were top leaders in Beit al-Maqdis group.

It said the group appeared after the ouster of Egypt’s former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in June 2013, and ran its terrorist operations against the army and police in the restive Sinai.

However, the group has claimed responsibility for most of the anti-security attacks in Sinai and other cities in Egypt.

The six executed were convicted of killing army men, torching security premises in the Sinai Peninsula, in a case known publicly as “Arab Sharkas.”

The execution came one day after toppled former Egyptian President Morsi and top Brotherhood leaders were sentenced to death for allegedly breaking into jail, escaping, and killing policemen in 2011. Mr. Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president was toppled in a military coup after one year in office by current ruler, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

(Xinhua/NAN)

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