Egyptian security forces arrest Brotherhood’s spokesperson

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A spokesperson for Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, Ahmed Arif, was arrested in an apartment in a Cairo district early Thursday in the escalating crackdown by authorities on the Islamist movement in which hundreds have also been arrested, Al Arabiya’s correspondent reported.

Arif was arrested after the security forces obtained information of him hiding in an apartment belonging to his father-in-law on al-Batrawi Street in Nasr City.

Details on how the information was obtained, however, were not disclosed.

Interior Minister Lieutenant Mohammed Ibrahim, said the speedy arrest of Arif was in accordance with the required legal measures needed, and that the general prosecutors were told to immediately investigate the spokesperson’s involvement in what authorities say is the Muslim Brotherhood’s inciting of violence against protesters.

On Tuesday, the movement’s general guide, Mohammed Badie, was arrested.

Badie, 70, together with his two deputies are due to stand trial on August 25 after they were charged with inciting murder.

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