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In separate incidents, two police officers were killed while trying to defuse two bombs in Cairo near the presidential palace. The terrorist group Ajnad Mir claimed the explosions, saying it had warned civilians on June 27 not to go near the palace. Ajnad Mir also said the explosions were caused by "newly developed" devices that are not easily detected. The Islamist group NASL called for a nationwide "uprising of anger" on July 3, urging supporters to march from all mosques to city squares, and threatened protests outside the homes of judges, the interior minister, and the head of the armed forces.
Tribal sources in Sinai said that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham is supporting the operations of the al Qaeda-linked Ansar Bayt al Maqdis (Ansar Jerusalem), local jihadists have been trained in Syria, and the ISIS flag has been seen in militant operations near Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah. Security forces killed at least 19 militants in a raid in Sheikh Zuweid in North Sinai on June 23, and eight more on June 21. Three policemen in Qalyubia are suspected of working with Ansar Jerusalem. Six Muslim Brotherhood supporters were sentenced to five years in prison for participating in protests and clashes in March. An Egyptian reporter and Christian convert was sentenced to five years in prison for "inciting sectarianism." A mass trial of nearly 500 Islamists accused of participating in deadly clashes last August in Cairo will be held in July. Australia protested the sentencing of Peter Greste, an Australian reporter who worked for Al Jazeera.
A court upheld death sentences against Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and some 182 followers. Many of those sentenced were tried in absentia, and their sentences are invalidated if they surrender to authorities or are arrested, in which case retrial is ordered. The charges included sabotage, terrorism, and murder. The defense plans to appeal. Badie and 13 Muslim Brotherhood supporters also face a separate trial on murder and firearms charges. A bomb detonated on the international road in North Sinai.
An alleged Muslim Brotherhood member was killed in Cairo when a bomb he was carrying to attack police exploded as he was riding a motorbike. Gunmen attacked security forces near the Sheikh Zuwaid Police Station in North Sinai but were repelled when security forces opened fire on them. A bomb exploded as a military convoy was passing by in North Sinai, but there were no casualties.
A Cairo court labeled Ajnad Misr (Soldiers of Egypt) as a terrorist group, and blamed it for a number of attacks on security officials, including one at Cairo University in April. Security officials claimed that Shadi el Manei, a top leader of the Sinai-based terror group Ansar Bayt al Maqdis, was killed along with three associates by tribesmen in a drive-by revenge killing in central Sinai. Muslim Brotherhood supporters protested at universities in Cairo and Alexandria.