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Egyptian journalist sent to military court

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An Egyptian journalist was sent to a military court on Wednesday after he was accused of publishing false news, an army statement said.

Ahmed Abu Deraa writes for the local privately-owned newspaper al-Masry al-Youm. He was charged with "harming national security by providing militants with locations of security forces in Sinai," Reuters reported.

Abu Deraa was arrested last week by military forces in Sinai and will appear in court on Sunday, al-Masry al-Youm reported.
The newspaper has called for his release and assigned him with a lawyer.

Since former President Mohammad Mursi’s ouster, militants have stepped up attacks in northern Sinai.

An explosion killed six Egyptian soldiers and wounded 17 others on Wednesday at an intelligence facility.

Sinai-based Islamist militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis has declared responsibility for the attack.
(With Reuters)