Egypt po­lice gun down Brotherhood leader

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CAIRO — Egyp­tian po­lice shot dead two mem­bers of the Mus­lim Brotherhood, one of them a se­nior leader of the out­lawed Is­lamist group, the in­te­rior min­istry said yes­ter­day.

The min­istry charged that Mo­hamed Ka­mal headed the mil­i­tary wing of the move­ment of ousted pres­i­dent Mo­hammed Morsi, although the group has al­ways de­nied hav­ing one.

It said that he and fel­low Brotherhood mem­ber Yasser She­hata were killed in a fire­fight when po­lice raided their hide­out in the south­east of the cap­i­tal late on Mon­day.

The min­istry al­leged that Ka­mal had founded the Brotherhood’s mil­i­tary wing af­ter the army’s over­throw of Morsi in 2013.

It said he had been given two life sen­tences in ab­sen­tia on charges of form­ing an armed group and in­volve­ment in a bomb­ing near a po­lice sta­tion in As­siut in south­ern Egypt.

It said he was also wanted on sus­pi­cion of in­volve­ment in the mur­der of pros­e­cu­tor gen­eral Hisham Barakat in a June 2015 car bomb­ing and the at­tempted mur­der of lead­ing Mus­lim cleric Ali Go­maa in Au­gust.

The Brotherhood and its sup­port­ers have been sub­jected to a deadly crack­down since Morsi’s ouster but it de­nied tak­ing up arms in re­sponse.

Hun­dreds of sol­diers and po­lice­men have been killed in at­tacks since 2013 but most have been claimed by ji­hadists who have pledged loy­alty to the Is­lamic State group. — AFP.

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