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Wednesday 17 January 2018

Egyptian church attack suspects face military trial over 75 deaths

The attacks on three churches in Egypt left at least 75 people, mostly Christians, dead
The attacks on three churches in Egypt left at least 75 people, mostly Christians, dead

Dozens of suspected Islamic militants who allegedly attacked Christian churches in Egypt, killing 75 people, have been referred to a military trial.

At least 75 , mostly Christians, died and scores were wounded in the attacks on a church in Cairo and two north of the capital between December 2016 and April this year.

The 48 suspects will also face charges over links to an attack in January which killed eight policemen at a checkpoint 375 miles south-west of Cairo.

The suspects joined Islamic State and received military training in the group's camps outside Egypt, said the country's chief prosecutor Nabil Sadeq.

Egypt is fighting IS-linked militants who are waging an insurgency focused in northern Sinai and who have recently vowed to go after the country's minority Christians.

AP

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