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Egypt 48 for military trials over Palm Sunday bombings

People are seen at the damaged Saint George church after a bombing struck inside the church in Egypt on April 9, 2017. (İbrahim Ramadan/Anadolu Agency)
People are seen at the damaged Saint George church after a bombing struck inside the church in Egypt on April 9, 2017. (İbrahim Ramadan/Anadolu Agency)

Egyptian authorities have referred 48 people to military courts for suspected involvement in the Palm Sunday bombings which killed over 45 people in two churches.

Authorities have detained 38 of the suspects and are still looking for 17 people. Wilayet Sinai claimed responsibility for the twin blasts in Tanta on the Nile Delta and in Alexandria.

Public prosecutor, Nabil Sadek, said that of the 48 suspects some are leaders of Daesh and formed cells in Cairo and in Qena so they could carry out the attacks.

Read: The horrific church bombings and how to combat the wave of terrorism

The suspects are accused of training at military camps in Libya and Syria and killing and injuring policemen at a checkpoint in January.

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