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Muslim Brotherhood Leader Arrested as Death Toll Mounts

The spiritual leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood was arrested in Cairo as the military-backed government pressed a crackdown on Islamists that has claimed hundreds of lives in the past week.

Mohammed Badie, who faces charges of inciting murder, was taken into custody yesterday in a Cairo apartment where he had been instructing supporters protesting President Mohamed Mursi’s July 3 removal by the military, Public Security Department official Yasser Abdel-Rauf said. About 900 civilians and 100 police officers have died since the operation to break up two pro-Mursi sit-ins began last week.