Published Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 | 3:21 a.m.
Updated Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 | 3:21 a.m.
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court sentenced 26 people to death over allegations of forming a terrorist group and targeting the vital Suez Canal water corridor.
Cairo Criminal Court issued its verdict on Wednesday. All defendants but one was tried in absentia.
The prosecutors charged the group with planning attacks on ships passing the canal last year, security buildings, foreign tourists, Christians and police.
An al-Qaida-inspired group has claimed responsibility for a rocket-propelled grenade attack targeting the canal last year.
In 2012, an Egyptian court sentenced 14 militants to death on charges related to attacks on police and civilians in the volatile Sinai Peninsula in the aftermath of the 2011 uprising.
Eight are in prison while the rest were tried in absentia. They allegedly belonged to the extremist Tawheed and Jihad group.