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Egypt arrests senior Muslim Brotherhood member

20 November 2014, 15:25

Cairo - Egyptian authorities on Thursday arrested a leading Muslim Brotherhood member who played key role in negotiations between his now-banned group and the government. In Cairo, at least eight people, including four policemen, were hurt in incidents involving a home-made bomb and a stun grenade.

The early morning arrest of Mohammed Ali Bishr from his home in the Nile Delta was linked to a call for demonstrations at the end of the month, according to a security official. The rallies have been called by a hard-line Islamist group called the Salafi Front, and not the Brotherhood.

Egypt has waged a sweeping crackdown on the Brotherhood since the military ouster in July 2013 of President Mohammed Morsi, a key member of the Islamist group, following mass demonstrations demanding his resignation. Morsi is among tens of thousands of Brotherhood members who have been detained in the clampdown, while hundreds have been killed.

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In apparent retaliatory attacks, Egypt has seen a surge in bomb attacks. And while large suicide bombings usually target the police and the military, small-scale attacks with grenades and home-made explosive devices planted on trains, at universities and near police stations, are more frequent.

On Thursday, a stun grenade on a train at Cairo's main Ramses train station set off panic and a stampede in which four people were hurt, another security official said. And outside the Helwan University in southern Cairo, a home-made bomb went off, wounding four policemen who were part of the force guarding the campus.

Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to media.

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