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Egypt court sentences 17 to death for attacking Christians

AP  |  Cairo 

An Egyptian says a military court has sentenced 17 Islamic militants to death for involvement in deadly attacks on Christians.

said Thursday the court in the city of also issued life sentences to 19 defendants and sentenced another nine to 15 years in prison.

He says another defendant got a 10-year term.

El-Masry says military prosecutors had accused the defendants of belonging to the Islamic State group and plotting attacks against Christian churches and security forces.

The verdict can be appealed.

Egypt's Christians have been targeted by Islamic militants in a series of bombings and suicide attacks since December 2016 that have killed more than 100 and wounded scores.

condemned the verdict as the result of a "grossly unfair military trial.

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First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 18:46 IST