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Egypt orders arrest of 300 Islamists: state media

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Egyptian Saad al-Katatni attends the first session of the Egyptian parliament in Cairo on July 10, 2012. The Egyptian police have orders to arrest 300 leaders and members of Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood after the army deposed the Islamist president on Wednesday, the website of the official Al-Ahram newspaper reported. (AFP/File)

The Egyptian police have orders to arrest 300 leaders and members of Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood after the army deposed the Islamist president on Wednesday, the website of the official Al-Ahram newspaper reported early Thursday.

A senior interior ministry official confirmed to AFP that arrest warrants have been issued for "Muslim Brotherhood members", but provided no further details.

Earlier officials said that security forces had arrested on Wednesday two senior Brotherhood leaders close to Morsi.

Saad al-Katatni, who heads the Freedom and Justice Party -- the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood -- and Rashad Bayoumi, the deputy head of the Islamist movement were detained, the officials said.

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