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Egypt orders arrest of 300 Islamists: State media

Published on Jul 4, 2013 7:27 AM
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Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi hold pictures of him as they react after the Egyptian army's statement was read out on state TV, at the Raba El-Adwyia mosque square in Cairo on July 3, 2013. The Egyptian police has orders to arrest 300 leaders and members of Mr Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood after the army deposed the Islamist president on Wednesday, the website of the official Al-Ahram newspaper reported early Thursday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

CAIRO (AFP) - The Egyptian police has orders to arrest 300 leaders and members of Mohamed Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood after the army deposed the Islamist president on Wednesday, the website of the official Al-Ahram newspaper reported early Thursday.

A senior interior ministry official confirmed to AFP that arrest warrants have been issued for "Muslim Brotherhood members", but provided no further details.

Earlier officials said that security forces had arrested on Wednesday two senior Brotherhood leaders close to Mr Mursi.

Saad al-Katatni, who heads the Freedom and Justice Party - the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood - and Rashad Bayoumi, the deputy head of the Islamist movement were detained, the officials said.