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Interior Minister Ibrahim announced that security services had foiled terrorist plans to target the president, the defense and interior ministers, police force leaders, and other officials. Authorities have closed the border with Libya for security reasons. A criminal court convicted former president Hosni Mubarak of embezzlement, sentencing him to three years in prison; his sons Gamal and Alaa were handed four-year prison terms, and the three were fined more than $20 million. Three policemen were killed and nine injured during rioting by Muslim Brotherhood supporters at Al Azhar University on May 19; a student was killed in the clashes, which are ongoing. A court acquitted 169 Muslim Brotherhood members on May 19 who had been charged with unrest.
Presidential candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called for US support and equipment to help Egypt fight terrorism. The Army seized 15 tons of bomb-making material from two locations in al Quantara, a town that straddles the Suez Canal. Security forces defused three IEDs at a checkpoint in Giza. Gunmen opened fire on a police car in el Arish, wounding an officer and two conscripts.
Unidentified attackers torched the car of the chief prosecutor in Malhalla. Student supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood clashed with police outside Al-Azhar university in Cairo. The Sinai-based jihadist group Ansar Bayt al Maqdis (Ansar Jerusalem) released a video calling for jihad against "the Jews, the Christians, the polytheists, the apostates, the Rawafidh [Shi'ites] and the aggressors, by the money, the self, and the tongue." The video condemned democracy, which allegedly "pushes the Muslims into the orbit of the global system controlled by the Zionist Crusaders" and aims "to prevent the Muslims from establishing a Caliphate."
The chief prosecutor's office accused 200 members of the Sinai-based jihadist group Ansar Bayt al Maqdis (Ansar Jerusalem) of terrorism, conspiracy with al Qaeda and Hamas, fighting and training in Syria, and carrying out 51 attacks including suicide bombings. The group also allegedly cut a deal with former president Mohamed Morsi to refrain from attacks in exchange for the release of some of its members. Sources said 98 of the 200 suspects are at large. An operational leader of the group was reportedly arrested today in Beni Sueif. In Yayoum, two Muslim Brotherhood members were injured in a clashes.
Ansar Bayt Maqdis claimed two suicide bombings that killed a soldier and wounded at least eight people on May 2 near Sharm El-Sheikh. Gunmen killed a retired senior army officer in al-Arish.
The army said three members of Ansar Jerusalem were killed and three more militants were arrested in operations in North Sinai; officials said two of those arrested were related to an Ansar Jerusalem founder who died last month. A Muslim Brotherhood leader said mass death sentences will pave the way for the downfall of Cairo's current regime.