Police arrive to take their positions as smoke billows from Cairo International Convention Centre (CICC) in Cairo's Nasr City district March 4, 2015. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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An Egyptian court opened the trial Thursday of 213 suspected militants, including members of the army and police, on charges of joining Egypt's most active militant group and attempting to assassinate the interior minister, judicial sources said.Egyptian authorities make no distinction between the Brotherhood, ISIS and Al-Qaeda, arguing that they have a shared ideology and are equally dangerous.Egypt's public prosecutor Hesham Barakat had said in May that the defendants had launched 51 "terrorist" attacks that killed 40 policemen and 15 civilians, and wounded 348 people.ISIS' Egypt wing has claimed responsibility for one of the bloodiest attacks on Egyptian security forces in years.
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