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Egypt Detains 10 Suspected Islamist Activists

Egypt on Saturday ordered the detention of 10 members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood for 15 days pending investigation, security sources said. The men were detained on suspicion of attempting to restart a banned group and were arrested while in possession of books and pamphlets printed by the Brotherhood, the sources said. Though illegal, the Muslim Brotherhood is considered Egypt’s largest opposition group. It wants to install an Islamic government by constitutional means. Security sources said the men, mainly doctors, teachers and engineers, were arrested on Friday while meeting in the home of one of the 10 men in Damanhour, around 90 miles from the capital Cairo. Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood Ma’moun al-Hodeiby told Reuters he had heard of the arrests but had no further details. “Sitting together peacefully in a house is not a crime. I don’t know why the government has decided to arrest them,” he said. Egypt has cracked down on suspected Muslim militants since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, arresting and referring hundreds to military courts. Full Story

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