Egypt military court sentences 8 to death

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Posted: May 29, 2016 10:42 AM

CAIRO (AP) — A security official and the website of state newspaper Al-Ahram say an Egyptian military court has sentenced to death eight alleged Muslim Brotherhood members on terrorism charges.

The Sunday verdict sentenced another 12 to life in prison and another six to 15 years. Two have been acquitted, and two were convicted in absentia.

Military prosecutors had accused the defendants of belonging to an illegal group and plotting to assassinate police and army personnel. The verdict can still be appealed.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't allowed to brief reporters.

Earlier this month, an Egyptian court recommended the death sentence against six people.

The Brotherhood was banned and declared a terrorist group after the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

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Egypt's state news agency says a roadside bomb has killed two police and wounded three conscripts in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula.

MENA quoted an Interior Ministry statement saying that the explosion happened Sunday.

Egypt has been hit with a wave of militant attacks that intensified after the military's ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013. An Islamic State affiliate based in northern Sinai has claimed most of the attacks.