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‘Helwan Brigades’ are Muslim Brotherhood members: Interior ministry

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Group announced in a video released in August solidarity with the Brotherhood, but denied being members

The Ministry of Interior announced in a press release Saturday it would take action to apprehend  members of the “Helwan Brigades” who participated in a video released earlier this month.

The video featured a number of men holding firearms and threatening security forces and “the interior ministry in South Cairo” with violence, who they were “fed up with the Muslim Brotherhood’s peacefulness”.

During the video, a man speaking on camera asserted they are not Brotherhood members, but showed solidarity with the Rabaa Al-Adaweya sit-in through a hand-sign.

According to the ministry, the group aims to “spread chaos and terrorise citizens”, and includes Ayman Ahmed AbdelGhany, the son-in-law of prominent Muslim Brotherhood member Khairat El-Shater, which it said provided a link between the two groups.

The ministry added that they had arrested 12 members of another group headed by Hamdy Saad Fatouh in Damietta and Daqahleya that also aimed to spread violence.

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