The Ministry of Interior has announced the arrest of three people in Daqahleya who they claim were members of “a Muslim Brotherhood terrorist cell”
The ministry alleged in a Sunday statement that the detained individuals are guilty of shooting protesters during demonstrations supporting former president Mohamed Morsi in order to “falsely claim that MOI forces used fire against protesters.”
The statement added that one of the arrested, Amer Mosaad Abdo, 29, confessed that he received training in Gaza Strip to “use weapons and incite chaos.” Abdo added that he formed, along with the other detainees, a cell in Mansoura aimed at “taking revenge on people who have a well-known hatred to the Brotherhood”, the statement said.
Police forces confiscated a machine gun, ammunition, five birdshot bullets and unlicensed motorbike following Abdo’s confession.
According to the statement, the detained are responsible for four separate attacks in Mansoura, resulting in four injuries, and the firing of birdshot at pro-Morsi supporters in front of a Mansoura mosque. The ministry also indicated that the group was responsible for the attack on a car dealer known for inciting protests against the Brotherhood.
The ministry announced on 30 November that the International Organisation of the Muslim Brotherhood has been “conspiring to increase Brotherhood assaults in Egypt against military and police personnel.”
In the same statement the ministry indicated that the Brotherhood plan includes “obstructing the roadmap,” particularly the referendum on the constitution.
In a second statement issued Sunday, the ministry also indicated that Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim met with and praised CSF personnel for their “considerate” treatment of protesters violating the newly-imposed Protest Law.
Ibrahim added that police’s “next battle is to abort plans to incite strife and to retain the people’s trust, which was gained by the sacrifice of policemen and their support for the people during the 30 June revolution.”
CSF personnel pledged, according to the statement, that “they will exert more effort in order to secure the constitutional referendum and ensure that citizens are able to allocate their votes freely and safely.” CSF personnel added that they will deal with any illegal behavior “with firmness and within the limits of the law.”