Army Officer Killed as Egypt Holds Islamists After Protest Call

An Egyptian army officer was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Cairo today as authorities arrested 107 members of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood group ahead of planned anti-government protests.

Two soldiers were also wounded in the shooting, Egypt’s state-run Middle East News Agency said, citing an army statement. The detained supporters of the Brotherhood, which was banned following the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, were seeking to carry out “violent acts and vandalism” in support of proposed demonstrations, MENA said.

An ultraconservative group known as the Salafi Front had called for a “Muslim youth uprising” after dawn prayers today. The government boosted security on campuses and across Cairo, while the cabinet this week approved sweeping legislation that essentially brands as terrorists any individual or group that disrupts public order.

Militant attacks that once were limited to the Sinai have spread to the capital and other areas. The government blames much of the unrest on the Brotherhood that Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi set out to crush after deposing Mursi in July 2013.

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