Egypt executes four Islamist extremists over 2015 bomb attack

Ahram Online , Tuesday 2 Jan 2018

A bomb killed at least two students at the Egyptian military academy, and injured six other civilian
File photo : A bomb killed three students at the Egyptian military academy, and injured six other civilians in Egypt's Delta city Kafr El-Sheikh (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egypt has executed four Islamist extremists convicted of killing three military-academy students in a bomb attack almost three years ago.

The four men were executed at the Borg Al-Arab prison in Alexandria early on Tuesday.

The bombing took place in April 2015 outside a stadium in the Nile Delta city of Kafr El-Sheikh as the students were waiting for a bus to take them to the academy. Six people were also wounded in the attack.

In June, a military court in Alexandria upheld death sentences against seven defendants convicted of the killings. Three were sentenced in absentia and are still being sought by police.

Tuesday's executions bring the number of extremists executed over the past week to 19.

On 26 December, authorities executed 15 militants who had been handed death sentences by a military court after their convictions over a 2013 attack on a military checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula. Sinai is the epicentre of an Islamist militancy that has spiked over the past four years.


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