At least 22 persons recognized as terrorists were sentenced to death Thursday by an Egyptian court for attacks, including the attempted assassination of a former interior minister, reports Time Of Israel.

According to reports, 22 Islamists have been convicted of terrorism by an Egyptian court for 54 “terrorist operations” across Egypt, including the murder of a senior police officer.

They were found guilty of a failed assassination attempt on former interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim.

The convicts were also found guilty of belonging to the Ansar Beyt al-Maqdis group, which pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in 2014.

The court reportedly ordered their execution and they should be hanged, according to the law of country which stipulates that the executions of civilians are carried out by hanging.

This verdict comes in and highlights the rigor with which Egypt has fought against terrorism for years.

The country is facing a terrorist insurgency in northern Sinai that escalated after the military ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

Source: News Agencies