Two leading Muslim Brotherhood members, Mohamed Ghazlan and Abdel Rahman Al-Bar, were arrested in Giza on Monday, said Mohamed Montaser, a Muslim Brotherhood spokesperson.
Montaser added in a Tuesday statement that the arrests are a failed attempt by the Egyptian government to “disturb revolutionary heroes”.
The arrests were confirmed by the Interior Ministry, who said that Ghazlan and Al-Bar are charged with “forming a terrorist cell”.
Before the arrests were announced, Egyptian state TV broadcasted a statement by “security apparatuses”, declaring that police had thwarted a Muslim Brotherhood plot against the regime. The statement said the perpetrators planed plots against “state institutions, army personnel, judges, and political figures”.
“This terrorist cell was trained to hack websites and accounts of policemen and army officers,” the statement added.
The number of arrested members was not stated, with the exact security apparatus responsible for the statement also unknown.
Since the forced dispersal of pro-Morsi encampments in August 2013, a number of anti-government militant groups have claimed responsibility for attacks against police personnel, judges, public institutions, and security facilities.
Most groups use social media to claim the attacks, posting videos of either assassination attempts or bombings.