Egyptian Authorities Arrest Last of Prominent Muslim Brotherhood Leaders

The arrest caps a four-month crackdown by the military-backed government

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Egyptian security forces arrested Wednesday one of the last Muslim Brotherhood leaders still at large, capping a widespread crackdown on the opposition Islamist party by the military-backed government currently in power.

Essam Erian, the vice chairman of the group’s political wing, was found and arrested in a Cairo suburb.

Authorities have sought out the most prominent leaders of the former ruling party since the military ousted democratically-elected President Mohamed Morsi in early July amid massive protests for him to step down. The former president was one of the first to be detained, under the same charges of inciting violence that have been brought against other party leaders, including Erian.

Since then, hundreds of Morsi supporters have died in clashes between with government forces and its sympathizers.