An Egyptian court sentenced 12 members of the Islamic State group to death Thursday for plotting attacks against police officers and soldiers in the country, Agence France-Presse reported.

Six of those who were sentenced are currently being held in police custody, while the others are still at large. They were convicted of joining a local ISIS affiliate — which has stepped up its presence in recent months in the country, especially in the troubled Sinai Peninsula — and plotting attacks against Egyptian security forces.

In Egypt, death sentences are sent to the country’s grand mufti, the designated interpreter of Islamic law, who then issues a non-binding legal opinion on the ruling.

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