Egypt's Brotherhood leader denies 'military wing' claims

The Brotherhood denounces violence and terror in all forms, as they pose a clear threat to the country`s stability, Beshr said.

The Brotherhood denounces violence and terror in all forms, as they pose a clear threat to the country`s stability, Beshr said.

CAIRO - A senior Muslim Brotherhood member in Egypt on Monday dismissed claims by the Interior Ministry that the group had formed a "military wing" tasked with taking up arms against Egyptian security forces.

"The group has not formed any military wings [for use] against police and army; all our activities are devoted to peacefulness," Mohamed Ali Beshr told Anadolu Agency.

"The Brotherhood denounces violence and terror in all forms, as they pose a clear threat to the country`s stability," he said.

On Sunday, the Interior Ministry accused Brotherhood "militants" of being behind a deadly attack on a security checkpoint in the central Beni Sueif province last month that left five policemen dead.

According to the ministry, investigations have revealed that the Brotherhood ordered the formation of a military wing to targeted police and military personnel and facilities.

In recent months, Egypt has been rocked by a number of bombings targeting security sites.

Last month, one such bombing outside the Cairo Security Directorate claimed four lives and injured scores of others.

In December, a bombing outside a Nile Delta police headquarters killed 16, mostly policemen, and left dozens injured.

Two days after the December blast, the government declared the Brotherhood a "terrorist" group despite the group`s repeated denials of any involvement in the attack.

By Islam Mosaad

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