14 terrorists to stand trial for 2005 attacks

March 9, 2006 20:01


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Fourteen Islamic terrorists, including two women, will stand trial for the three terror attacks in Cairo last April that killed three tourists and wounded 19 people, Egypt's chief prosecutor said Thursday. Prosecutor-General Maher Abdel Wahed said the accused had formed a group that regarded President Hosni Mubarak and his government as "infidels," which effectively meant they should be killed. In a statement, Abdel Wahed said the 14 suspects would be tried in the Supreme Emergency State Security Court, which does not allow for appeal to a higher court. Those convicted can only ask the president for clemency. In the first attack, on April 7, a suicide bomber killed himself, two French citizens and an American in the Khan el-Khalili market, a traditional bazaar that is popular with tourists. On April 30, a man carrying explosives jumped off a bridge in downtown Cairo to evade police. The explosion, in the street where he landed, killed himself and wounded several tourists. Later that day, the sister of the bomber and a female friend fired at a tourist bus in another part of the city. The one woman then shot the other and killed herself.

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