Egyptian Interior Ministry said six members of the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood were arrested in the country for allegedly planning violence aimed at “spoiling” the upcoming presidential election in March.
According to a statement issued by the ministry, the suspects were arrested in two separate police sweeps.
A senior official in the Islamist group said Egypt designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation after the army’s 2013 ouster of the country’s first democratically elected president Mohammed Morsi.
Authorities have accused the group of being involved in attacks mainly targeting security forces and the country’s Christian minority, a charge that the Muslim Brotherhood denies.
Egypt is to hold presidential polls over three days, beginning March 26 and President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi is virtually guaranteed to win.
Al-Sissi, a former army general, is being challenged by Mostafa Moussa, a little-known politician, who registered for candidacy at the last minute.