Egypt to try 200 suspected members of Al Qaeda inspired group, for attacks and conspiracy

Egypt's chief prosecutor's office says it has charged 200 suspected militants with carrying out terrorist attacks that killed 40 policeman and 15 civilians, and of conspiring with Al Qaeda and the Palestinian militant group Hamas in one of the country's largest terrorism-related cases.

The Saturday statement said the defendants, 98 of whom remain on the run, belong to the Al Qaeda-inspired Ansar Beit al-Maqdis group, or Champions of Jerusalem, which has claimed responsibility for a wave of attacks that picked up following the military overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last summer. Officials accuse Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood of orchestrating the violence, a charge the group denies.

The prosecutors accuse the defendants of carrying out 51 attacks, and receiving training with Hamas in Gaza, and in Syria.