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Egypt's Interior Minister removes prison official

CAIRO (AP) — Officials say Egypt's Interior Minister has removed the head of prison authority amid reports he facilitated meetings between detained Islamists.

A security official said Wednesday that Minister Mohammed Ibrahim replaced Mostafa Baz, who had been in the post since June 10.

The official said there was no official explanation for the sacking. It follows reports that Baz had overlooked meetings in jail between Muslim Brotherhood leaders and other Islamists, and allowed them to communicate with people outside the prisons.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media

Authorities accuse the Brotherhood of organizing a campaign to destabilize Egypt. Security officials have arrested hundreds of the group's members in the wake of the July 3 military coup that toppled Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

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