Police arrested five members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood group Monday, including three candidates for the Parliament's upper house, the group and police officials said.
The Brotherhood said in a statement that three candidates were arrested Monday in Meit Ghamr, Dakahliya Province, 120 kilometers northeast of Cairo. Two supporters of a candidate from Kafr el-Sheik were also arrested, according to the statement posted on the group's Web site. Kafr el-Sheik is 180 kilometers north of Cairo.
The three candidates are accused of belonging to an illegal group and of using religious campaign slogans, the statement said. Crackdowns against the Brotherhood usually intensify before elections.
Police officials confirmed the arrests on condition of anonymity since they were not authorized to talk to the media.