Brotherhood: Interior Ministry to blame for destruction of headquarters

Interior Minister Ahmed Gamal Eddin is responsible for the burning of the Muslim Brotherhood's headquarters in Moqattam, Brotherhood Secretary General Mahmoud Hussein told state-run news agency MENA on Thursday.

The headquarters were broken into and set ablaze because of the "security forces' reluctance to confront attackers," Hussein said. He alleged that security forces watched protesters set the building on fire without intervening.

Close to 3,500 protesters broke into the headquarters on Thursday evening, threw the building's contents into the street and set them on fire. The building houses the office of the guidance bureau, the group's highest executive authority.

Brotherhood spokesperson Mahmoud Ghozlan said the group had filed reports against the protesters, adding that they would take legal measures as opposed to resorting to violence the way the protesters did to express their objection to the recently issued constitutional declaration.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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