Egyptian authorities have referred over 300 alleged Islamists to military prosecutors over charges of terrorism and affiliation to a militant group which was behind a string of attacks targeting police and military.
In a Wednesday statement, the state prosecutor accused the suspects of links to the Hasm group, which is widely believed to be an armed offshoot of Egypt’s now-banned Muslim Brotherhood.
The suspects are accused of involvement in at least 14 terrorist attacks including a failed assassination attempt against the country’s former grand mufti and targeted killings of top military officers.
A total of 144 are in police custody while the rest are on the run.
Among them, a top Brotherhood politician Mohammed Ali Bishr, who has been in jail since November 2014 – nearly two years before Hasm emerged.