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Senior Muslim Brotherhood figure killed in Cairo shootout

A senior Muslim Brotherhood commander was killed by Egypt’s Interior Ministry in a shootout east of Cairo

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A senior Muslim Brotherhood commander was killed by Egypt’s Interior Ministry in a shootout east of the capital Cairo on Thursday.

The ministry said it had received information that the “Armed Movement Committees” belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood held regular meetings at an apartment in Madinet el-Salam on the outskirts of Cairo.

The residence was allegedly used as a hideout and a weapons depot, read a ministry statement.

On Thursday, security forces raided the apartment and opened fire in response to shots fired from those inside, it added.

Brotherhood leader Ammar Mohammed Abdelaleem was killed in the shootout, and four other police officers left injured.

The Brotherhood leader was reportedly found alongside an automatic weapon, a pistol and other ammunition.