CAIRO -- Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, a conservative organization with links around the Islamic world, has condemned the killing of Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden by U.S. forces as an "assassination."
The Brotherhood, which seeks the establishment of a state run according to Islamic principles through peaceful means, is Egypt's most powerful and organized political movement.
The statement Monday said the group "is against violence in general, against assassinations and in favor of fair trials."
Bin Laden and his jihadist allies, however, have repeatedly condemned the Brotherhood's more moderate approach and willingness to work within the system.
The Muslim Brotherhood will be competing for half of Egypt's parliamentary seats in September's elections.