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A number of Egyptian members of the Muslim Brotherhood on Sunday announced that they deserted the Muslim Brotherhood and formed a new Muslim group called the Egyptian Brotherhood, according to Middle East terrorism analyst and former police lieutenant Jerry Holloway.

"In the midst of a week that witnessed numerous bombings and terrorist attacks in Egypt, a group of young Brotherhood members decided they could accomplish more on their own," said Holloway.

The newly organized Islamist group held its first meeting in Alexandria on Sunday and discussed electing a "general guide" for their group. The new leader, Amr Amara officially informed members of the Middle East press of his intention to maintain an independent group and not a branch of a larger group.

The Egyptian Brotherhood is said to be considering Abdel Wahab, who served on the Muslim Brotherhood's main council, as the general guide ahead of the trial of ousted president and Brotherhood member Mohamad Morsi on Jan. 8, 2014.

The group claims its membership is mostly defecting youths from the Muslim Brotherhood who are seeking to separate from an organization that's viewed as global.

Amara said the Egyptian Brotherhood already had a private meeting with Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour, and is speaking on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood.

“We want to return to working within state institutions and breaking ties with the old leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood,” Amara said.

However, a Cairo-based journalist and political commentator told Al Arabiya News that "news of a breakaway from the Muslim Brotherhood is an illusion by the military-backed security services to undermine the Islamist movement."

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