Egyptian authorities have arrested Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohammed Badie.The arrest has escalated a crackdown on the group following the military’s ouster of president Mohamed Morsi.
Mohamed Badie, 70, was arrested and detained at a residential apartment in Nasr City in northeast Cairo. Authorities arrested him after getting information locating his place of hiding,” the state news agency reported.
Badie is due to go on trial August 25 along with other Brotherhood leaders. Authorities accuse them of inciting deadly violence outside the group’s headquarters in June, days before the military deposed Mr. Morsi.
Since the July 3 move, the official death toll for violence across Egypt has topped 1,000 people. The Muslim Brotherhood says many more people have died.
Suspected Islamist militants ambushed and killed 24 policemen early Monday in the Sinai Peninsula.
Hours earlier, police near Cairo killed 36 Islamist prisoners who allegedly tried to escape from custody. Egyptian officials say the prisoners were suffocated by tear gas.