200 Ansar Bayt al Maqdis members referred to trial
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CAIRO: The Cairo Criminal Court referred 200 members of the Sinai-based militant group Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis to trial Saturday, on charges of murder, belonging to a terrorist group and collaborating with foreign organizations.

Of the 200, 102 are currently detained by security forces, and 98 are at large, and may be tried in absentia, reported Youm7.

The Jihadist group caused damage to public property reached 247 million EGP across the country, said the attorney general on Saturday.

The attorney general added in his statement that the 200 members committed 41 terrorist operations in the country.

He pointed out that the losses of the private property due to the group’s attacks reached 28 million EGP.

Following the ouster of Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2013, there have been increased attacks on military and security personnel in the Sinai. Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis has claimed responsibility for many of these, including a February attack on a bus of tourists, killing three Koreans and an Egyptian driver, as well as an early April bombing outside Cairo University, killing a police officer and wounding other five.

“Democracy is blasphemy and what is happening now in Egypt is a war on God, ” said Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis Abou Ahmed el-Masry member in a recording posted by a Twitter account associated with the group Thursday.

The British parliament approved a government motion to add Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, Al-Murabitun and Ansar al-Sharia to the list of international terrorist organizations on April 2.

On April 9, the U.S. Department of State announced in a statement that Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis would be designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO).

Additional reporting by Ahmed Metwally 

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