Wave of arrests in Egypt continue
Burnt Kerdasa police station - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO : Five suspects were arrested yesterday, September 21, in Kerdasa, a town in Giza, according to the Interior Ministry.

The wave of arrests, which began on September 19 when security forces raided the area, came after a group of supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi burnt down Kerdasa’s police station and violently drove police forces outside of the densely populated town in mid-August. According to the police’s press release, security forces will continue their clampdown on Kerdasa until the rest of the suspects are taken into custody.

Additionally, 11 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) had their imprisonment renewed for 15 days by South Cairo prosecution for charges of attacking el-Tebeen police station in Helwan and Waraq police station in Giza, assisting in prisoners’ escape and resisting authorities.

Police investigations conclude that the suspects likely collaborated with militia groups in their attack on the two police stations. The incident, which took place on August 14, led to the death of a police officer.

In Upper Egypt, Asyut police officers arrested a suspect for allegedly burning down a number of Churches following the dispersal of the Rabaa and Nahda sit-ins by police forces in mid-August.

Prosecution ordered the arrest of the suspect, whom they also claim burnt down a police car and participated in the burning of the Library of the Bible Society in Cairo.

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