Egypt’s police have killed a senior Muslim Brotherhood leader and another member of the outlawed movement in a firefight in the capital of Cairo.
Egypt’s Interior Ministry said early on Tuesday that it shot dead the 61-year-old Mohamed Kamal, a member of Brotherhood’s top leadership Guidance Bureau, a day before. Kamal, it said, was responsible for the group’s “armed wing.” Yasser Shehata, another leader of the group, was also killed in the raid that was conducted by the police on an apartment in Bassateen neighborhood of Cairo after being informed it was used by the leaders as a headquarters.
The Muslim Brotherhood had reported on its social media accounts on Monday afternoon that Kamal had disappeared.
According to the ministry, Kamal had received life sentence on two counts in absentia. Shehata had been handed down a 10-year prison sentence in absentia as well.
The government has labelled the Muslim Brotherhood as a “terrorist organization” following a military coup in July 2013 against Egypt’s first democratically-elected President Mohamed Morsi, who was affiliated to the Brotherhood.
The coup against Morsi was led by then army chief and now President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, who also launched a brutal crackdown on all Brotherhood members and supporters across the country.
Tens of thousands were arrested and many others killed or injured during numerous protest rallies that followed Morsi’s ouster.
The Brotherhood has strongly rejected terrorism allegations. It continues to insist that it is committed to peaceful means of activism in its efforts to reverse the ouster and imprisonment of Morsi, who has also been sentenced to death by an Egyptian court.