CAIRO: Some 74 “middle ranking” Muslim Brotherhood (MB) leaders were arrested over accusations of inciting violence, attacking public and private installations across Egypt, according to Friday Interior Ministry statement.
The arrested include 10 members of the group’s “specialized operations committee,” accused of targeting police and military personnel as well as public utilities, said the statement.
The arrests come within the ministry’s crackdown on the Islamist group in the wake of the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 following a mass protest against his rule.
The majority of the Islamist group’s leading members are either standing trials or at large abroad. Most of them are accused of inciting violence and directing sabotage in the country.
The Brotherhood was designated as a terrorist organization by the Egyptian government in December 2013, where its supporters, members or sympathizers are jailed, per law, for belonging to the banned group.