90 Islamists arrested en route to pro-Morsy rally

Security forces in Qalyubiya governorate on Friday arrested 90 Islamists carrying sticks, Molotov cocktails and gasoline cans en route to a Cairo rally supporting President Mohamed Morsy in Nasr City.

A bus and 3 micro-buses loaded with the 90 Islamists carrying weapons were seized by security forces in collaboration with popular committees at the Kafr Shokr checkpoint, a Qalyubiya Security Directorate statement said Friday.

The vehicles reportedly came from the direction of Daqahlia governorate heading to Rabaa al-Adaweya Square in Nasr City to participate in the protest supporting Morsy, the statement said. Prosecutors was notified to initiate investigations into the incident.

Qalyubiya security chief Major General Mahmoud Youssry was notified that popular committees formed by Popular Current and Dostour Party members to organize traffic on the Banha-Mansoura road inspected the vehicles before discovering the items.

Following the arrests, one vehicle tried to escape and hit two passers-by.

The injured were transferred to hospital. Hundreds of Kafr Shokr residents imposed a cordon around the police station to prevent the arrested Islamists from escaping.

Edited translation from Al-Masry l-Youm

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