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Feb 21, 1:50 PM EST

Egypt arrests 6 on a farm owned by Islamist politician


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CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's official news agency says police have arrested six suspected Muslim Brotherhood members on a farm allegedly owned by a recently detained Islamist politician.

The state-run MENA agency quoted an unnamed security official on Wednesday as saying the farmland in the Nile Delta province of Beheira belongs to Abdel-Monaem Abul Fetouh.

Abul Fetouh was arrested last week, after his return from a trip to London. He was ordered detained for two weeks pending completion of an investigation.

He was a longtime Brotherhood member, but quit the group in 2011 to run for president in the 2012 election won by President Mohamed Morsi.

Morsi's rule proved divisive, and a year later the military overthrew him and launched a crackdown on his supporters.

The government later declared the Brotherhood a terrorist group.

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