World Bulletin / News Desk
Egypt’s cabinet on Wednesday approved fresh anti-terror legislation one day after a string of deadly armed attacks in the restive Sinai Peninsula that left at least 17 Egyptian troops dead.
In a statement, the cabinet said it had endorsed a raft of new laws aimed at providing "swifter justice and retribution."
It added that the new measures would help dry up sources of funding for terrorism, without giving further details.
The move comes two days after Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi vowed to introduce tougher anti-terrorism laws following the Monday assassination in Cairo of Egyptian Prosecutor-General Hisham Barakat in a car bombing.
The proposed legislation has yet to be ratified by al-Sisi, who currently holds legislative authority as Egypt has yet to elect a parliament.
On Wednesday, at least 17 Egyptian soldiers were killed in a wave of armed attacks on military checkpoints in the northern Sinai Peninsula, although other sources say the death toll was much higher.
The attacks were claimed by the Welayet Sinai (“Province of Sinai”) armed group, believed to have links to the ISIL.
Following Wednesday’s multiple attacks, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said his government would refer new draft anti-terrorism legislation to the president for ratification.
“Egypt is in a state of war,” he said following a Wednesday cabinet meeting.
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