Egypt refers 48 to trial over ISIS church bombings

Egyptian authorities have referred 48 suspected "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) elements to military trial over three deadly church bombings, AFP reported Sunday (May 21st).

Of the 48 suspects, 31 are in custody and 17 still at large, the public prosecutor's office said.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the three suicide attacks that targeted the churches in December and April.

The suspects allegedly set up ISIS cells in Cairo and in the southern province of Qena, the statement said.

It added that they were also suspected of undergoing training at ISIS military camps in Libya and Syria.

The group also stands accused of killing eight policemen and wounding three at a checkpoint in the south-west on January 16th, the statement said.

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