Police detained two lawmakers and at least 10 other members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood group Sunday, the government and the group reported.
The Brotherhood posted a statement on its official Web site saying 14 members of the group had been detained in the northern Nile Delta province of Menoufiya. However, the interior ministry issued a statement saying only 12 members were arrested for holding a secret meeting.
Mohammed Habib, deputy leader of the Brotherhood, condemned the arrests, telling the movement's Web site that they "reveal the despotic policy of the regime." The ministry statement identified the arrested lawmakers as Sabri Amer and Ragab Abu Zeid, recognized by the Brotherhood as the bloc's most important parliament members from Menoufiya.