CAIRO, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- Tensions in Egypt have escalated with the reported arrest of the Muslim Brotherhood's (MB) top leader, Mohamed Badie, by police here early Tuesday.
Badie, the MB's Supreme Guide, was arrested in an apartment in Tayran Street in the northeastern Nasr City district, according to official news agency MENA.
The street is behind Rabaa al-Adawiya Square, one of the two sites where hundreds of supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi were killed last Wednesday when police cleared their protest camps.
The arrest came only three days after his son was killed during violent clashes between protestors and security forces.
Two leading MB members, Youssef Talaat and Hassan Maleik, were arrested with Badie.
On Monday, suspected militants ambushed two busloads of off-duty security forces in Egypt's northern Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 25 and injuring three others.
The assailants, armed with rocket-propelled grenades, forced the two mini-buses to stop, asked the passengers to leave the vehicles and forced them to lie on the ground before opening fire.
The daylight attack, which took place in the border city of Rafah, has exacerbated tensions in the deeply divided country and underscored uncertainties in the wider region.
Rafah, on the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, is regarded as a key site for border crossing. Egyptian authorities closed the crossing later in response to the bloody ambush, which they called a "terrorist act."
Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim mourned the victims and issued an order to promote all the victims to a higher rank in honor of their sacrifices and provide their families with health and social services.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the ambush and expressed hope "the perpetrators will be swiftly identified and brought to justice."
MB spokesman Ahmed Aref also denounced the attack in a statement posted on the organization's Freedom and Justice Party website.
He also argued the incident was as severe as an alleged jailbreak on the outskirts of Cairo on Sunday when 36 MB members died in an attempted escape.
Meanwhile, former president Hosni Mubarak, who was toppled in February 2011, would be released this week with his final corruption case likely to be settled within 48 hours, his lawyer Farid al-Deeb told Xinhua on Monday.
"All that is left for us to do is a simple administrative procedure... I'm certain that Mubarak will be released by the end of this week," al-Deeb said.
Aly Mashallah, a legal expert, said Mubarak also could be released on bail in relation to charges he was involved in the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising, as his legal detention period had already expired. Mubarak faces a retrial on those charges.
On Saturday, an Egyptian court postponed the retrial to Aug. 25 amid ongoing clashes between Morsi supporters and security forces.
CAIRO, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood (MB) appointed Mahmoud Ezzat as temporary new leader on Tuesday, after its General Guide Mohamed Badie was arrested, official MENA news agency reported.
In a statement published on the MB's Freedom and Justice party website, Ezzat, the deputy of the former general guide, was announced as the new chief according to the group's internal regulations Article Four. Full story