Police in Egypt on Tuesday arrested six members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood in the northern coastal city of Alexandria, while four other members received court orders extending their detention.
Police sources said the six, including a journalist and a university professor, were part of the campaign team for two Brotherhood members standing in local elections in Alexandria on Thursday.
The Muslim Brotherhood, banned in Egypt since 1954 but partially tolerated, works to create an Islamic state but rejects the use of violence. It is especially active in mosques and on university campuses, AFP reported.
In the meantime, the high state security court extended the detention of four other members of the group for two weeks, police said. The four were arrested in Alexandria last month.
Amongst other charges, they are accused of incitement at an illegal rally which authorities said was held "under the pretext of supporting the Palestinian people." (Albawaba.com)