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Egypt Executes Convicted Jihadist

Egyptian authorities on Thursday executed a jihadist convicted of involvement in a 2013 gun attack on police in the Sinai Peninsula, state media reported.

Adel Habara was hanged in a Cairo prison days after a court upheld his death sentence.

He was convicted of involvement in a shooting that killed 25 policemen, days after police killed hundreds of demonstrators in Cairo protesting against the army’s overthrow and detention of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.

His execution came days after the Islāmic State group claimed responsibility for a deadly Cairo church bombing that sparked renewed calls for speedier punishment of Islamist militants.

ISIS is waging an insurgency in the Sinai that has killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers since Morsi’s overthrow.

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Egyptian courts have sentenced hundreds of Islamists to death in the past three years, but many, including Morsi, have appealed and won retrials, frustrating government hardliners.

Habara had become a symbol for them of a slow appeals process. He had been sentenced to death in an first trial but was granted a retrial on appeal.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who toppled Morsi when army chief, had ordered changes to the law to speed up the judicial process after a car bomb killed the country’s top prosecutor in 2015.

Habara is the eighth convicted militant whose execution has been announced since Morsi’s overthrow.

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