The most senior leader in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Badie, has been arrested at a flat in Nasr City, Cairo, say officials. Mr Badie had been on the run since an arrest warrant was issued over alleged incitement to violence and murder.
A state of emergency is in force amid a crackdown on Islamists opposed to the army’s ousting of Mohammed Morsi. Almost 900 people have been killed, including 36 Islamists who died in a prison van in Cairo on Sunday.
Hundreds of members of the Muslim Brotherhood – the movement from which Mr Morsi comes – have been detained, including Mr Badie’s deputy, Khairat al-Shatir, who was arrested in the days following Mr Morsi’s overthrow on 3 July.
Mr Badie, 70, had initially been a prominent figure at the Brotherhood’s protest camps in Cairo, but went into hiding on 10 July, as the military-backed interim government tried to shut down the camps.
He is facing charges of inciting violence and murder over the killing of eight anti-Brotherhood protesters outside the movement’s headquarters in Cairo last June.
He was reportedly detained in a flat in Nasr City in north-east Cairo, near the site of one of the protest camps bloodily broken up last week.