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Egypt condemns 17 to death for IS church attacks

AFP  |  Cairo 

An Egyptian military court on Thursday sentenced 17 people to death over a series of suicide bombings of churches claimed by the Islamic State group that left dozens dead.

Another 19 people were handed life prison terms and 10 were sentenced to between 10 and 15 years, judicial and security officials said.

Seventy-four people were killed in the attacks in 2016 and 2017 in Cairo, and the Nile Delta city of targeting Coptic Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt's predominantly Sunni Muslim population.

Christian sites of worship across have been repeatedly targeted in attacks claimed by IS, prompting the authorities to impose a state of emergency.

A on December 11, 2016 on the Saint Peter and Saint Paul church killed 29 in the heart of The following April, 45 people were killed as Christians gathered to celebrate in the cities of and

Since the military overthrow of in 2013, hundreds of police officers, soldiers and civilians have been killed in jihadist attacks.

In November last year, suspected IS militants killed more than 300 Muslim worshippers in a gun and bomb assault on a mosque in the Peninsula.

The is waging a major operation focused on the aimed at wiping out IS.

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First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 19:25 IST