Accessibility links

37 Suspected Members of Banned Islamic Group Arrested in Egypt - 2003-08-24

Egyptian police have said they have arrested 37 suspected members of a banned Islamist group that took part of a bloody campaign to overthrow the government in the 1990s.

Authorities said on Saturday that the men were detained last week, mainly in the Cairo area. The prosecutor has ordered the men to be detained for 15 days while the investigation continues.

The latest arrests follow the detention late last month of 23 suspects, accused of holding meetings and possessing pamphlets that promote violence and support the ideas of the banned group, al-Gama'a al-Islamiya.

The organization renounced violence in 1997, but later that year a number of its members carried out an attack in the southern city of Luxor that killed 58 foreign tourists and four Egyptians.