Egypt hands out 11 life sentences for joining Daesh

Giza criminal court on Monday says the defendants all traveled abroad to fight for Daesh. (File photo: Reuters)
Updated 22 July 2019
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Egypt hands out 11 life sentences for joining Daesh

  • Giza criminal court on Monday says the defendants all traveled abroad to fight for Daesh

CAIRO: An Egyptian court has sentenced 11 people to life in prison on charges of joining the Daesh group in Syria and Iraq.
Giza criminal court on Monday says the defendants all traveled abroad to fight for Daesh and receive military training.
Two other defendants got 15-year sentences, and another was given three years for the same charges. These include possessing weapons and plotting attacks against security forces and state institutions.
The verdicts can be appealed, and the court has dropped the charges against another defendant.
Egypt is battling its own Daesh-led insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula. That fight intensified in 2013 after the military overthrew an elected but divisive Islamist president.
Militants in Egypt have carried out scores of attacks, mainly targeting security forces and minority Christians.


Explosion in Iraq near Shiite mosque kills 3, wounds dozens

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Explosion in Iraq near Shiite mosque kills 3, wounds dozens

  • There were 34 people injured in the blast, that also left three dead
  • Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it targeted “gatherings of Shiites”

BAGHDAD: Iraqi security officials say a motorcycle rigged with explosives went off near a Shiite mosque south of the capital Baghdad, killing three people and wounding 34.
The officials said Saturday that the blast occurred the previous evening on a commercial street in the village of Mussayyib. They spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.
Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it targeted “gatherings of Shiites” near a Shiite mosque.
Iraq declared victory against Daesh in late 2017, but the group continues to carry out attacks through sleeper cells, particularly in the country’s north.
Iraq’s military announced it started a new operation early Saturday targeting Daesh hideouts and sleeper cells in the western Anbar province.