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Egypt sentences two to death over church attack

Egypt sentences two to death over church attack

2019/05/12 | 17:45

(Hatha al-Youm | Iraq News)-

An Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced two men to death and

eight others to between three years and life in prison over an attack on a

church and Christian-owned shop in Cairo that killed 10 people.A gunman opened fire in December 2017 on Christians in a

shop in the southern Cairo suburb of Helwan, killing two people, before firing

on the entrance to the nearby Mar Mina church, where he killed seven Christian

worshippers and a policeman.The emergency state security court sentenced the main

suspect, who is in custody, and another suspect, who is on the run, to death.Two defendants were handed life sentences, four were given

four years in prison and two were handed three years in jail. One suspect was

acquitted and two others are still at large.The authorities had said the gunman was wounded by security

forces during the attack. ISIS claimed responsibility.The main suspect appeared in court on Sunday wearing death

row prison clothes, having also been handed two death sentences in military

trials after being convicted of attacking military buildings.The main suspect embraced the other defendants in the court

after the verdict.Under Egypt's state of emergency law, the defendants can appeal

to have the sentence by the security court reduced.Egypt's Coptic Christians, who make up about 10% of the

population, have been targeted by Islamist militants in recent years.In November, militants killed seven people when they

attacked a bus returning from a baptism at a desert monastery in the

governorate of Minya, about 260 km (160 miles) south of Cairo.







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