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Brother of al-Qaida leader and Jihadist figure arrested in Egypt

Aug. 18, 2013 at 2:47 PM

CAIRO, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Police in Cairo arrested Mohamed al-Zawahiri, a leading figure in the Egyptian Jihadist Salafist group and the brother of a an al-Qaida leader.

Al-Zawahiri was arrested Saturday and the charges against him have not been confirmed, Ahram Online reported.

Sources said al-Zawahiri, the brother of al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, is being kept under tight security.

Earlier in August, Ayman al-Zawahiri accused the United States of plotting with Egypt's military to overthrow former President Mohamed Morsi.

The son of Mohamed al-Zawahiri, Abdel Rahman al-Zawahiri, criticized the arrest of his father, al-Masry al-Youm said.

He claimed that the Interior Ministry is arbitrarily arresting Islamists, and said that his father did not take part in any protests.

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