11 re­ferred to Crim­i­nal Court over Mar Mina Church at­tack

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Egypt’s Gen­eral Pros­e­cu­tor Na­bil Sadek re­ferred 11 sus­pects to Crim­i­nal Court on Satur­day overt charges of at­tack­ing the Mar Mina Church in south­ern Cairo, which left nine Egyp­tian Copts and a po­lice­man dead.

The in­ci­dent dates backs to last De­cem­ber, a week be­fore the Cop­tic Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions.

The de­fen­dants were ac­cused of found­ing a ‘tak­firi’ (In­fi­del) group; fund­ing ter­ror­ist op­er­a­tions; re­sist­ing po­lice forces; man­u­fac­tur­ing and pos­sess­ing ex­plo­sive de­vices as well as de­lib­er­ate mur­der.

Dur­ing the at­tack, se­cu­rity forces shot dead one of the as­sailants in a fire ex­change out­side the Church and ar­rested an­other one. The ar­rested attacker al­legedly car­ried out a num­ber of ter­ror­ist at­tacks tar­get­ing po­lice per­son­nel as well as civil­ians, the min­istry of in­te­rior said in a pre­vi­ous state­ment.

The gen­eral pros­e­cu­tion iden­ti­fied the group’s leader as Ibrahim Is­mail Mostafa who was held in cus­tody, as well as along with 10 oth­ers.

Dur­ing the past years, sev­eral Churches have been ex­posed to deadly ter­ror­ist at­tacks which left dozens killed and in­jured.

Egypt’s Gen­eral Pros­e­cu­tor Na­bil Sadek

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