Officials say Egypt arrests Morsi supporter linked to Cairo attack

By REUTERS
October 15, 2013 14:29

CAIRO - Egyptian security officials said on Tuesday that authorities had arrested a supporter of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi suspected of involvement in a rocket-propelled grenade attack on a state-owned satellite station in Cairo.

Any link between the suspect and Morsi in the Oct. 7 attack in the capital is likely to be used to justify tougher measures against Islamists, who authorities have portrayed as terrorists since the army seized power on July 3.

Two people were wounded in the attack in the Maadi suburb of Cairo, the same day that suspected militants killed six Egyptian soldiers near the Suez Canal.

Security officials said a clothes merchant identified as Moataz Mahmoud had been detained. Authorities found weapons including parts of an RPG resembling the ones used in the Maadi attack and a machinegun in his apartment, they said.

"We have strong suspicions that he was involved in the attack," said one of the security officials, adding that the man is a supporter of Morsi.

Security officials said Mahmoud participated in a weeks-long sit-in in northeast Cairo that was organized by Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood movement.


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