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Six executed over military deaths

Published 17/05/2015 | 13:21

The six men were convicted of killing two military officers in a battle during a raid on a suspected bomb factory north of Cairo in 2014
The six men were convicted of killing two military officers in a battle during a raid on a suspected bomb factory north of Cairo in 2014

Six men sentenced to death by an Egyptian military court have been executed, according to a prison official.

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The six men were convicted of killing two military officers in an hour-long battle with police, military and special forces during a raid on a suspected bomb factory north of Cairo in March 2014.

Judicial officials said they were also convicted of belonging to the Sinai-based militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which has since pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.

Amnesty International had called for a retrial in a civilian court, saying "at least three of the men were held in secret at the time of the crime they have been sentenced for".

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