Egyptian government to use military courts for police attackers
Egypt’s interim government has heightened security following an attack on a military checkpoint in the capital, Cairo.
Gunmen attacked the checkpoint on the outskirts of Cairo on Saturday, killing six Egyptian soldiers.
The government said on Sunday that it has decided to confront whoever attacks civilians and government installations, adding that attacks on the army will be tackled by military courts.
The interim Egyptian cabinet says the security boost is aimed at countering a wave of attacks that has left nearly 300 military personnel dead since the assaults began following the ouster of the first democratically-elected president, Mohamed Morsi, in July 2013.
The Egyptian military has pointed the finger of blame for the attacks at the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of the ousted president, but little evidence has been provided to support the claim. The Brotherhood has also denied involvement in the attacks.
In December 2013, the Egyptian government officially designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a “terrorist” group, accusing it of being behind a deadly bombing in the city of Mansoura. The Brotherhood condemned the bomb attack, denying any links to the fatal incident.
Amnesty International has censured Egyptian authorities for using an “unprecedented scale” of violence against protesters and dealing “a series of damaging blows to human rights.”
According to the UK-based rights group, 1,400 people have been killed over the past months of political unrest in Egypt.
Most of the victims were killed “due to excessive force used by security forces,” Amnesty says.