Egypt: Brother of al-Qaida chief arrested

AP News
Posted: Aug 17, 2013 8:01 AM

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian security official says the brother of al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahri has been arrested in Egypt.

The official said Saturday that Mohammed al-Zawahri, leader of the ultraconservative Jihadi Salafist group, was detained at a checkpoint in Giza, the city across the Nile from Cairo.

The official declined to give further details. He spoke anonymously as he was not authorized to speak to the press.

Mohammed Al-Zawahri's group espouses a hard-line ideology but was not clandestine prior to Egypt's July 3 coup. He was allied with ousted President Mohammed Morsi, an Islamist, whose supporters are now taking to the streets to protest the killings of its supporters in a security crackdown last week.

Authorities said earlier that al-Zawahri had commanded insurgents in Sinai Peninsula.