Sept. 24 - An Egyptian court sentences 14 militant Islamists to death and four to life imprisonment for attacks on security forces in the Sinai Peninsula last year.
An Egyptian court sentences 14 militant Islamists to death by hanging for attacks on Egyptian army and police forces in the Sinai Peninsula last year. The verdicts showed the state's determination to deal firmly with militant activity in Sinai, which has increased since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak last year. The men were charged with killing three police officers, an army officer, and a civilian in attacks carried out last June and July. Eight of the 14 death sentences were issued in absentia. Egypt and Israel have said they are coordinating security operations in Sinai.