An Egyptian court sentenced 14 Islamists to death Monday for killing four police and military officers, along with one civilian, in a series of attacks carried out in June and July 2011 that saw assaults on an el-Arish police station and a Bank of Alexandria branch in northern Sinai.
According to a Reuters report, the 14 convicted terrorists are to be hanged, and another four suspects in the case were sentenced to life in prison. The men belong to the al-Qaeda-linked Jama’at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad terrorist group.
After hearing the sentences, the defendants shouted “God is great” and cursed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, whom they called an infidel, Reuters reported.
Jama’at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad is believed to be behind many of the terror attacks in the Sinai Peninsula, including the 2006 series of bombs in Dahab that killed more than 20 people.