Muslim Brotherhood member killed in police raid

Muslim Brotherhood member dies in police raid after allegedly falling out of his residence's window, says Interior Ministry

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

The Egyptian Interior Ministry announced in a statement on Sunday the death of a leading member of the Muslims Brotherhood in Egypt after security forces stormed his residence in the northern local province of Alexandria.

According to the ministry, the brotherhood member “fell from a window” as he was attempting to escape the security forces who raided his private residence in the Alexandria province.

The man identified as Mustafa Gumaa had sustained fatal injuries after falling, which led to his death. According to the ministry, a hidden stockpile of weapons were also found in his department.

The ministry said in the statement that they had gathered information about the man who was killed and he was found to be involved in acts of violence since 2013 against police officers and soldiers in Fayoum, the central Egyptian city.

The city of Fayoum had recently witnessed several attacks, clashes and arrests between police forces and members of brotherhood.

However, Egyptian media reports said the security forces threatened to throw the man out of the window- from the 11th floor if he did not answer their questions. 

On July 3 2013, the Egyptian armed forces, led by General Abdel Fattah el Sisi, seized control of the Egyptian government through a “military coup” that overthrew the country’s first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi, who was a member of the brotherhood movement, by arresting officials loyal to Morsi in the following days along with other top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The pro-Morsi protests continued for six weeks following the military coup in Cairo, until the armed forces raided and killed hundreds of Morsi supporters on Aug. 14, 2013.

After the coup, the Brotherhood movement was labelled as a “terrorist organisation” by the Egyptian government.

The Egyptian government frequently blames the Muslim Brotherhood, for violent attacks in the Sinai area and elsewhere.

However, the Brotherhood, which has been outlawed by the current Egyptian government, has consistently reiterated its commitment to peaceful activism, and has pointed out that the current government can not differentiate between hard line extreme groups like ISIS and itself.

The dispersal of the Rabaa and Nahda camps of the Brotherhood supporters in Cairo saw over 1,000 people killed and more arrested who were given harsh politicised sentences, including mass death sentences and life imprisonment.

At least 13 Brotherhood members were killed by Egyptian security forces in two separate raids last month. Moreover, the London-based Human Rights Monitor said at least 79 civilians had been killed in August alone by Egyptian security forces. All of them were killed after carrying out extrajudicial killings.


TRTWorld and agencies