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Senior Muslim Brotherhood leader 'shot dead' in Egypt

Armed Egyptian soldier in silhouette, 2011 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption The Interior Ministry said Mr Kamal was in charge of the orgaisation's armed wing

A senior leader of the Muslim Brotherhood organisation has been killed by Egyptian Interior Ministry forces, the ministry says.

In a statement, it said Mohamed Kamal died in a gun battle along with another member of the group on Monday.

The ministry said Mr Kamal was in charge of the group's armed wing, although the Brotherhood maintains it is a exclusively peaceful organisation.

He had been sentenced to life in prison on two counts in absentia.

The Muslim Brotherhood said he had disappeared on Monday.

Profile: Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

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