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Islamist militants killed one soldier and wounded three other security personnel in a shooting attack in North Sinai. The Foreign Ministry said 439 security personnel and 57 civilians have been killed in militant attacks since July 2013. Seven suspected terrorists were referred to trial for their involvement in attacks, including one outside a church near Cairo. The Interior Minister announced the arrest of Ansar al Sharia members linked to recent shooting attacks as well as members of a terror cell with links to Libya and Syria.
The Muslim Brotherhood said presidential candidate Abdel Fattah el Sisi is afraid to campaign publicly due to the potential for backlash from the public. Security officials denied that a wall was being built around el Arish in North Sinai; Ansar Jerusalem has threatened to attack anyone involved in the purported project. The Interior Minister said attacks are expected to take place during the forthcoming presidential campaign. At least four people were killed in clashes between security forces and Muslim Brotherhood supporters.
Security sources denied claims of witnesses that a pipeline in North Sinai was bombed. The army arrested 21 militants in operations in North Sinai. Authorities plan to build a wall around el Arish to stop the infiltration of militants into the city. Prosecutors called for the death penalty against members of the Nasr City terror cell. Security sources said some of those arrested last week during a raid on an Ansar Jerusalem cell had previously fought in Syria. Defense Minister el Sisi announced plans to run for president and resign from his position as army chief.
Over 520 supporters of former president Mohammed Morsi were sentenced to death; legal experts said the ruling was likely to be overturned on appeal, however. In North Sinai, militants reportedly killed three people suspected of working with the army, and gunmen killed a policeman. The trial for the Nasr City terror cell was delayed for two additional days. A Cairo court said it would rule in mid-April on whether Ansar Jerusalem is a terror organization.
Security forces thwarted an attempt to detonate an explosive device on the road leading to the el Arish airport. Some security sources said the intended target of the bomb was Sedki Sobhi, a top Egyptian general. Unidentified gunmen reportedly opened fire on a radio building in el Arish. The Egyptian military used Apaches above el Arish for the first time in three months. A security officer was wounded by smugglers in North Sinai.
Security sources said two Ansar Jerusalem members were killed in an airstrike in North Sinai. Some Ansar Jerusalem fighters reportedly fled to Gaza due to ongoing Egyptian military operations in North Sinai. Unidentified assailants set fire to a garage containing cooking gas cylinders near Gaza. Clashes between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and opponents left at least five injured. Nearly two dozen students at al Azhar University were expelled for raising an al Qaeda flag at a recent protest.
The army spokesman said 38 suspected militants were arrested in operations in North Sinai. He also announced the destruction of 13 smuggling tunnels in Rafah. Investigators said the Ansar Jerusalem cell targeted yesterday in the Nile Delta was planning attacks for the coming days.
The Interior Ministry said security forces carried out a raid against a major terror cell in al Qanatir al Khayriyah and that at least five Ansar Jerusalem members were killed. At least one person was killed during clashes between security forces and Muslim Brotherhood supporters. A court sentenced 26 people to death in absentia on terrorism charges. A Cairo prosecutor ordered an investigation into the use of the black al Qaeda flag at a protest at al Azhar University. Unidentified gunmen opened fire on an army conscript in Ismailia.