Cairo: A senior Muslim Brotherhood leader, who was also the founder of the outlawed Islamist movement’s armed wing, and another member of the outfit have been killed in a shootout with Egyptian security forces, officials said today.
Mohammed Kamal, 61, and Yasser Shehata Ali Ragab were killed in a gun-battle late last night in Cairo, said the Interior Ministry.
Kamal, a physician by profession, held various executive posts in the group and was a member of the General Guide office. He was sentenced to life in prison in two cases in absentia for forming militant groups and taking part in bombings in Assiut.
He was also the founder of Muslim Brotherhood’s armed wing, the ministry said in a statement. It said the security forces targeted an apartment in el-Basatin district after receiving information that some people were planning terrorist attacks at the building.
During the raid last night, the Brotherhood members opened fire on security forces and in the retaliatory fire the two men were killed, the statement said. The Brotherhood is the Middle East’s oldest Islamist movement and Egypt’s main political opposition.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has launched a massive crackdown on Brotherhood militants after ousting Mohamed Mursi of the the group as president in 2013.