Suspect in Egypt violence held at Mumbai airport

An Egyptian national, suspected to be involved in the widespread violence in his country in 2013 following the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi, has been arrested from the city airport, a senior police official said on Friday.

The suspect, identified as Hossam Mohamed, was arrested on Thursday at the Mumbai international airport upon his arrival from Qatar, after his name was flagged by a Red Corner Notice issued by Egypt.

"When his papers were being checked at the immigration counter, the airport official found that the Interpol had issued a red corner notice against him," the official said. They brought the matter to the notice of police following which he was arrested.

"We are in the process of confirming the identity of the suspect and have sought his custody. His identity will be verified with the Egyptian authorities, after which further action will be taken," the police official said.

The Egyptian town of Matay had witnessed a widespread violence and riot in 2013 after the ouster of President Morsi. An Egyptian court later sentenced to death 529 supporters of the ousted Islamist President.

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