CAIRO -- Machine gun-wielding assailants fired Friday on an Egyptian military armored personnel carrier on the road linking the capital and the
The army for the past month has been in the midst of a major offensive against Islamist militants in the Sinai Peninsula, but some clashes have occurred closer to the capital, including fighting last month in towns in the Nile Valley and on the outskirts of Cairo.
In the wake of Friday's early-morning shooting, troops backed by helicopters swarmed villages near the scene. The official MENA news agency said two of the assailants were captured and that about half a dozen others were being sought.
The Brotherhood is now legally banned, and authorities are moving to seize its assets and shut down affiliated organizations. Most of its leadership is in jail, along with thousands of rank-and-file members of the group, but Morsi's supporters have been staging rallies calling for his reinstatement.
Scattered protests by the ousted president's partisans took place Friday at several locations in Cairo, with police firing tear gas to drive some demonstrators back. Troops and tanks sealed off Tahrir Square, the iconic site of enormous protests that forced longtime autocrat
The capital braced for potential clashes on Sunday, when the army will mark the anniversary of its initial successful strike against Israel during the 1973 war in the Middle East. The Brotherhood has promised large-scale counter-demonstrations.