Cairo, Egypt (AP) A Muslim cleric says he was attacked by police during a visit to the mosque in Cairo, sparking fears of a return to the state of lockdown after the country’s political crisis.
The cleric, who did not want to be identified, said he was visiting the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) building when he was confronted by security officers.
He said the officers then threw him to the ground and beat him.
“They threw me to the floor and they beat me.
They kicked me,” he said.
“I have bruises all over my body.
I’m still bleeding.
They took my headscarf, my head, my shirt, everything.”
He said he did not know why his security guard was being beaten.
“He was not a policeman.
He was a citizen of Egypt,” he added.
The security crackdown came after a deadly car bombing in Cairo on Sunday that killed more than 80 people and wounded more than 400.
Egypt is in the midst of a political crisis and is grappling with the fallout from the failed military coup.
In an interview with the Al-Ahram daily newspaper published Wednesday, ISNA executive director Hassan Hassan said he had been contacted by officials in the government and was concerned about the safety of the mosque.
“We have received a number of phone calls about the attack, and we’re worried about the welfare of the people of Egypt and of the country.
We’re also concerned about security,” Hassan told Al-Yamamah.
“It’s important for the public to know what is happening here and to know how we’re managing the situation,” he told the paper.
Authorities are also dealing with mounting fears over the fate of Egypt’s new president, Mohammed Morsi.
His Islamist-rooted government has lost control of the parliament and the countrys presidential palace.
Morsi is a longtime ally of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who was deposed in a military coup in July 2013.
He fled to a safe house in Qatar in March after the coup attempt and is now on a diplomatic mission in Germany.