More Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis members referred to Criminal Court
Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis members - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO:  Security sources told Youm7 Friday that State Security prosecution notified 102 Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis members of being refereed to a criminal court on charges of terrorism.

The sources said a prosecution official headed to Aqrab prison where the defendants are to give them a copy of the refer order to sign it.

Investigations revealed that 200 members targeted Suez Canal to disable navigation there, several media reports said Tuesday.

The prosecution investigated the case for more than five months and the suspects were referred to Criminal Court by an order from Attorney General Hisham Barakat Saturday.

The 102 other accused were still held at that time under remand and the prosecution released an order to bring 98 runaways.

The investigations showed that the defendants are accused of killing 40 policemen, 15 citizens, and injuring 348 people.

Egypt witnessed series of different attacks since the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi, most of them targeted governmental facilities.

Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis adopted many of these attacks; the most prominent one of these attacks the attack on security directorate of Cairo and Mansoura, and a failed assassination attempt targeting Minister of Interior.

The most recent arrest of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis leaders was Saturday of a man, 33, suspect of being involving in the explosions in Ramses and Hekma Square in March, according to various media reports.

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