Egypt Brotherhood member killed in police raid

Eyewitnessessays police opened fire on Fathi Heleil when he tried to escape

Egypt Brotherhood member killed in police raid

World Bulletin/News Desk

A member of the Muslim Brotherhood was killed late Saturday during a police raid on his house in the Giza province.

Eyewitnesses told Anadolu Agency that police had raided the house of Fathi Heleil in al-Saf, a town of the Giza province, to arrest him.

They said security force had opened fire on Heleil when he tried to escape. He later succumbed to his wound in hospital.

A town resident said troops were heavily deployed in the area overnight, lest angry relatives and residents should march on the local police station in retaliation.

The Interior Ministry, however, told a different story about the shooting of the Muslim Brotherhood member.

In a statement, the ministry said security personnel were acting on a warrant of arrest against Heleil for attempting, together with two other men, to murder a senior policeman in al-Saf on February 19.

It added that Heleil had resisted arrest, hurried to the roof of his house and started shooting at security forces.

The ministry said security personnel had returned fire, wounding Heleil and seizing the firearm in his possession.

"He was wounded in the stomach and taken to hospital, but he succumbed to his wound there," said the statement.

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement from which ousted president Mohamed Morsi hails, have been the target of a mounting crackdown since Morsi's ouster by the army in July last year.

The army-backed interim government late last year designated the Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.

Thousands of Brotherhood members have been arrested on charges of inciting violence, attacking security forces and membership in a terrorist group.

They dismiss the charges as being politically motivated.

 

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