CAIRO - Twenty-six alleged Islamist militants, including two former military officers, will stand trial on terrorism charges, accused of planning attacks against the Egyptian state, the official news agency MENA said on Saturday.
The state security prosecutor said they had formed an extremist organization that advocated sedition against public authorities and called for jihad against public servants employed at state institutions.
"Investigation by national security revealed the defendants planned to carry out terrorist attacks inside Egypt during Eid al Adha," MENA reported, referring to the Muslim festival which falls in October.
"As a result, security officials raided their cells simultaneously," it said. The suspects, who included one Tunisian, were also charged with possession of weapons and explosives.