Egypt Arrests Muslim Brotherhood Leader



CAIRO - Egyptian authorities escalated their crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood by arresting Mohamed Badie, the Islamist organization's top leader, state media reported on Tuesday.

The 70-year-old was detained at a residential apartment in Nasr City in northeast Cairo "after information came to the security apparatus locating his place of hiding," the state news agency reported.

According to Reuters, the Interior Ministry's Facebook page showed a picture of Badie under tight security with a caption confirming his arrest.

Al Jazeera said Badie and his two deputies will go on trial for their alleged role in the killing of eight protesters outside the Brotherhood's Cairo headquarters in June.

Egypt remains under curfew a week after nationwide bloody crackdown on protesters backing deposed President Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood member and Egypt's first democratically elected.

Meanwhile, European Union foreign ministers will meet Wednesday in Brussels to discuss the situation in Egypt. The possibility of freezing the EU's financial aid to the country has not been ruled out, the BBC said. The EU had promised Cairo financial aid of $6.67 billion for the 2011-2013 period.

Mohamed Badie in 2011 - Photo Wikimedia Commons

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File:Parsin Gas and CNG Station in Karaj-Qazvin Freeway, Iran ...

Gas stations in many Iranian cities had trouble supplying fuel earlier in the week in what was a suspected cyberattack on the fuel distribution system. One Tehran daily on Thursday blamed Israel, which may have carried out similar acts in past years, to weaken Iran's hostile regime.

The incident reportedly disrupted the credit and debit card payments system this time, forcing users to pay cash and higher prices, the London-based broadcaster Iran International reported.

Though state officials didn't publicly accuse anyone specific, they did say perhaps this and other attacks had been planned for October, to "anger people" on the anniversary of the anti-government protests of 2019.

Khamenei, where's our gas?

Cheeky slogans were spotted Tuesday in different places in Iran, including electronic panels over motorways. One of them read "Khamenei, where's our gas?"

Iran International reported that Tehran-based news agency ISNA posted, then deleted, a report on drivers also seeing the message "cyberattack 64411" on screens at gas stations, purported to be the telephone number of the office of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

A member of parliament's National Security Committee, Vahid Jalalzadeh, said the attack had been planned months ahead, and had inflicted "grave losses," Iran International and domestic agencies reported Thursday. The conservative Tehran newspaper Kayhan named "America, the Zionist regime and their goons" as the "chief suspects" in the attack.

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