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Six policemen were killed and two more were wounded when their convoy hit a roadside bomb on the way from Rafah to el Arish. A court sentenced 17 Muslim Brotherhood members to prison terms of up to five years for rioting, but acquitted five students, including the nephew of former president Mohamed Morsi.
The Army said it killed seven members of Ansar Jerusalem (Ansar Bayt al Maqdis) during a shootout in the Sinai. A policeman was killed and several conscripts were injured in a clash with gunmen near a checkpoint on the Cairo-Suez road on Sept. 12. Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and 14 others were sentenced to life in jail for murder and inciting violence. Egypt is among some 30 nations joining a coalition against the Islamic State, but will not send ground troops to the fight.
The decapitated body of a man was found in Sheikh Zuweid with a note purportedly from Ansar Jerusalem (Ansar Bayt al Maqdis) accusing the victim of spying for Israel. A gunman opened fire on a policeman's vehicle in Mansoura, killing his son. Mohammad al Beltagy, secretary-general of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice party, was sentenced along with Islamist cleric Safwat Higazy to 20 years in prison for leading a terrorist organization and for kidnapping and torturing two Egyptian policemen. Security forces in Beheira arrested 18 Muslim Brotherhood members for conducting an unauthorized demonstration; they had reportedly sprayed offensive graffiti on shops and beaten shop owners.
A roadside bombing killed 11 Egyptian soldiers and wounded two more in North Sinai. On Aug. 31, the army killed six militants during a raid in Wefaq, and an Ansar Jerusalem (Ansar Bayt al Maqdis) leader was killed in el Arish; three security force members were wounded in an el Arish raid. Muslim Brotherhood members torched a police car in 6 October city on Aug. 30.
Egypt said it would carry out military strikes in Libya if so requested by the Libyan parliament. The Sinai-based terrorist group Ansar Jerusalem (Ansar Bayt al Maqdis) released a video showing the beheading of four Egyptian men it accused of spying for Israel. Egyptian intelligence said the group has contacts with Libyan jihadists who are influenced by the Islamic State. On Aug. 25, the military said it had arrested five wanted terrorists, including Sweilam Mohamed Salem Salama; killed 14 militants in a clash in the Sinai; destroyed a terrorist field hospital and a bomb-making facility; and smashed five tunnels in Rafah. A Muslim Brotherhood member who was trying to set fire to an electricity unit in Port Said was arrested. The first World Food Program convoy to pass through Rafah into Gaza since 2007 crossed over yesterday.