Egypt's interior minister on Sunday accused the Muslim Brotherhood of financing radical Islamists linked to Al Qaeda to carry out terror attacks in Egypt following Mohamed Morsi's ouster in July.
Mohamed Ibrahim made the claims to reporters as he announced the arrest of dozens of "extremists" - the minister said that state security forces had arrested more than 50 members of radical groups who had links to Al Qaeda, Agence France Presse reported.
Ibrahim added that the suspects were arrested in connection with the violent attacks on police and soldiers that have increased rapidly since Morsi was ousted by the Egyptian army in early July.
According to the minister, the Brotherhood - Egypt's largest Islamist party - “supports and massively finances from abroad numerous radical terrorists in several groups” that have since the summer “launched a series of terrorist acts seeking to sow terror,” AFP reported.
The interior minister added that some of those held by the state had been pardoned during Morsi's rule and that others arrested were linked to jihadist groups Ansar Beit al-Maqdis in the Sinai and the Libyan group Ansar al-Sharia.
Among those arrested by the state was Mohammed Al Zawahiri, brother of the Al-Qaeda chief, who was detained in August after being freed in the 2011 revolt that ousted Hosni Mubarak, Ibrahim added, according to AFP.
Some of those arrested are suspects in the failed attack on Ibrahim's life in September, when a suicide bomber targeted his convoy in Cairo, according to AFP.
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