Egypt's prosecution orders trial of 10 people for joining IS

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CAIRO, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's state prosecution on Thursday ordered the trial of 10 Egyptian and Libyan nationals on charges of joining the militant group Islamic State (IS) in Libya, the official news agency MENA reported.

The defendants facilitated the travel of Egyptian workers to Libya with an aim of committing terrorist crimes that jeopardized the interests of Egypt, the prosecution statement read.

They also kidnapped some Egyptian citizens to seek ransom, while killing or torturing some others, it said.

From 2011 until August 2017, some of the accused militants worked with terrorist groups in Libya including IS on killing Egyptians working in Libyan cities, according to the statement.

Egypt is concerned about its 1,200-km western borders with Libya, where the smuggling of arms and militants has been active since the 2011 uprisings in the two countries. Enditem

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