A member of the Egyptian special forces police talks on his walkie-talkie at Al-Azhar University in Cairo's Nasr City district October 12, 2014. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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An Egyptian court Wednesday sentenced 12 alleged militants, including a U.S.-designated terrorist suspected of links to Al-Qaeda, to life in prison on charges of plotting attacks against police, military, foreign missions and ships passing through the strategic Suez Canal.The group of 26 defendants, known locally as "the Nasr City cell," included Muhammad Jamal el-Kashif, a 50-year-old militant, designated as a terrorist by the U.S. State Department and added to a U.N. sanctions list of individuals suspected of links to Al-Qaeda.El-Kashif, arrested in 2012 in Egypt, is suspected of links to Al-Qaeda and is accused of setting up training camps for militants in Egypt and Libya.
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