CAIRO, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's Supreme State Security Prosecution referred Saturday 26 defendants, including 25 Egyptians and a Tunisian, to criminal court for trial over terrorism charges, official news agency MENA reported.
The prosecution accused the defendants of "forming an organized group that adopts extreme thoughts and considers government institutions and authorities as disbelievers that must be fought against by force and violence in jihad."
The defendants, who included seven fugitives, are also accused of illegal possession of weapons, ammunition and explosives.
Most of the members of the group, now publicly knowns as "Nasr City cell," were arrested at their main hiding place in Nasr City in Cairo after fire exchange with the police that killed one of them in October 2012. Investigations and interrogations have been ongoing ever since.
The investigations revealed that the group was planning to target vital institutions such as military premises and police stations and departments, in addition to plotting for the assassination of public figures and Christian businessmen.