Cairo, May 27 (AP) Egyptian security officials say a prominent activist has been detained, the latest in a new wave of arrests since presidential elections earlier this year. Also Read - 2,000-Year-Old Gold Tongued Mummy Uncovered at a Burial Site in Egypt

The officials say Hazem Abdel-Azim was taken from his home in a Cairo suburb late Saturday on accusations that include disseminating false news and belonging to an outlawed group. Also Read - 'Forbidden by Islam': Egyptian Woman Arrested For Baking 'Indecent' Cakes Topped With Lingerie & Genitals

Abdel-Azim has been known for his harsh criticism of the government since he left President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s campaign in the 2014 elections. Also Read - Egypt Reopens Airspace to Qatar Flights, Plane to Land in Cairo on Friday

The officials spoke Sunday on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak to media.

Egypt has arrested a number of secular activists since el-Sissi was re-elected in March in a vote in which he faced no serious challengers.

The latest arrests come amid a wider crackdown on dissent in which thousands of people have been jailed. (AP) CPS CPS

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