CAIRO: Twelve defendants were sentenced to life in prison by the Asyut Military Court Thursday for planning an attack on Karnak Temple of Luxor, Youm7 reported.
The defendants are charged with belonging to a “terrorist group,” possessing explosives to vandalize Karnak Temple, and using force with public officials. The sentence may be appealed.
On June 10, a suicide bomber blew himself up in the parking area of the temple, killing himself and another attacker and injuring at least five including a police officer. Three other explosive devices were neutralized near Karnak Temple, which was not damaged in the process.
Egypt has witnessed a significant rise in militancy since the military-backed ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule.