Egyptian Government Troops Attack Islamists (Great Events: 1900-2001)
Article abstract: Government forces killed twenty-six militants in Cairo and Aswan as part of a massive crackdown against Islamists advocating overthrow of the secular government of President Hosni Mubarak.
Crackdown on Islamists
The Egyptian government announced on March 10, 1993, that its troops had attacked and killed twenty-six Islamists in shoot-outs in Cairo and Aswan. These incidents were the latest in a series of confrontations between the government and Islamist groups advocating the overthrow of the secular government of President Hosni Mubarak and the establishment of an Islamic form of government. The most prominent of these groups was al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun, or the Muslim Brotherhood.
A day before the attack, the government put more than forty militants on trial. The militants, however, were undaunted and continued their attacks against government officials and civilians. On June 9, a bomb exploded on the Giza road, killing one Egyptian and wounding fourteen other people, five of whom were British tourists. On June 20, another bomb exploded on a busy Cairo street, killing seven people and wounding fifteen others.
The war between the government and the Islamists continued. The government hanged seven Islamists on July 9 and five more on July 18. Fifty-three militants were put on trial on August 8, and the militants responded with an ambush of a senior police official in Qena, in upper...
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