CAIRO — An Egyptian military court handed down death sentences on Thursday to 17 people convicted in a series of fatal attacks on Christians that started in December 2016 and left more than 80 people dead and 150 wounded.
Egyptian state media said the defendants were accused of belonging to the Islamic State and of plotting attacks against Christian churches and a police checkpoint. Egypt has faced a wave of Islamic militancy since the 2013 military overthrow of Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood leader who had been elected president, and the subsequent crackdown on his supporters.
Nineteen other defendants were given life sentences on Thursday, nine were given sentences of 15 years, and one received a 10-year term. The sentences can still be appealed.