CAIRO (AP) -- 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.
An Egyptian protester holds an anti-Muslim brotherhood poster showing defaced images of Egyptian Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, center left, and Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie, center right, during a protest in support of victims of yesterday clashes in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, March 2, 2013. Egypt's Interior Ministry says one protester has died and dozens have been wounded in violent anti-government clashes overnight with police in the Nile Delta province of Dakahliya. Arabic reads, butchers. Credit: AP
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.