43 de­fen­dants re­ferred to mil­i­tary tri­bunal over ‘Al-Wa­hat shootout’ case

The Daily News Egypt - - Front Page - By Ad­ham Youssef

An im­por­tant chap­ter in the ‘Al-Wa­hat shootout’ case be­gan af­ter the Gen­eral Prose­cu­tion re­ferred 43 de­fen­dants to the coun­try’s Mil­i­tary Court on Mon­day, a year af­ter the at­tack took place in Oc­to­ber 2017,which claimed the life of 16 po­lice­men.

The at­tack took place close to AlWa­hat Road, 135 km south of Cairo, in the Wa­hat Desert, in Egypt’s Western Desert, af­ter the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ap­pa­ra­tus re­ceived in­for­ma­tion about a camp which al­legedly hosted mil­i­tants.

Most of the vic­tims in the op­er­a­tion were mem­bers of the coun­try’s highly trained Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ap­pa­ra­tus.

As the am­bush tar­geted the se­cu­rity pa­trol, mil­i­tants took an of­fi­cer hostage. How­ever, the mil­i­tary con­ducted an air strike in co­or­di­na­tion with the po­lice, elim­i­nat­ing the rest of the per­pe­tra­tors who es­caped, and lib­er­at­ing the of­fi­cer.

The de­fen­dants are ac­cused of be­long­ing to an out­lawed mil­i­tant group, tar­get­ing po­lice and army per­son­nel, at­tack­ing state in­sti­tu­tions, and pos­sess­ing un­li­censed firearms and ex­plo­sives.

Ear­lier this month, Libyan se­cu­rity forces ar­rested an Egyp­tian lead­ing mem­ber of Al-Qaeda, af­fil­i­ated with the Al-Mura­biteen mil­i­tant group, named He­shamAl-Ash­mawi. He is sus­pected to have been be­hind sev­eral high-pro­file at­tacks against the Egyp­tian state, in­clud­ing a mas­sacre of mil­i­tary per­son­nel known as the Al-Farafra at­tack in 2014.

The de­fen­dants are ac­cused of be­long­ing to an out­lawed mil­i­tant group

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