Egypt brands ISIS a 'terrorist group'

Militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) stand near their flag on Tilsehir hill near Turkish border on Oct 23, 2014, at Yumurtalik village, in Sanliurfa province. An Egyptian court has branded ISIS a "terrorist" organisation, the
Militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) stand near their flag on Tilsehir hill near Turkish border on Oct 23, 2014, at Yumurtalik village, in Sanliurfa province. An Egyptian court has branded ISIS a "terrorist" organisation, the official news agency MENA reported. -- PHOTO: AFP

CAIRO (AFP) - An Egyptian court has branded ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group) a "terrorist" organisation, the official news agency MENA reported.

An Egyptian militant group, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which pledged allegiance to ISIS earlier in November, has itself also been designated a terrorist organisation under a similar ruling.

Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, based in the restive Sinai Peninsula, has killed scores of police and soldiers since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July last year.

MENA said the ISIS ruling, which came on Sunday, followed a suit filed by a lawyer.