Egypt Hangs 15 for Terrorism, Stoking Fears Among Islamists

Source: The New York Times


CAIRO — The Egyptian authorities hanged 15 men on Tuesday for an attack in the Sinai Peninsula in 2013, the start of an Islamic insurgency that the military-dominated government has been battling ever since.

The hangings, reported by state media, were the biggest mass execution in Egypt since six convicted jihadists were hanged in 2015.

A military court found the men guilty on terrorism charges last month for an attack on a military checkpoint in which one army officer and eight soldiers were killed.

That assault came amid a surge of violence that swept across Egypt after Egyptian security forces forcibly broke up two Islamist sit-ins in the capital, Cairo, killing over 800 people. The military had seized power six weeks earlier, overthrowing a democratically elected Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The executions on Tuesday raise the number of people put to death since the military took over to 23.

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