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Supreme leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood detained

Egyptian security officials and state television say the supreme leader of the Muslim Brotherhood has been detained.

Mohammed Badie detained in Cairo

Mohamed Badie, seen in this 2010 photo, has been detained, reports say. (Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters)

Egyptian security officials and state television say the supreme leader of the Muslim Brotherhood has been detained.

Officials say Mohammed Badie was captured early Tuesday in an apartment in the eastern Cairo district of Nasr City. That's where supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi held a six-week sit-in protest that was cleared by security forces last Wednesday. Morsi is a longtime leader of the Brotherhood.

Badie and his powerful deputy Khairat el-Shater, who is in custody, go on trial later this month for their alleged role in the killing of eight protesters outside the Brotherhood's Cairo headquarters in June.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

The news of Badie's arrest came as Egyptians learned that former president Hosni Mubarak, who was ousted in the Arab Spring, may be released from jail within days.

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