Egypt's Military-Backed Interim Government Declares the Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Group

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CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood says the government's decision declaring the Brotherhood a terrorist group is based on false accusations.

The military-backed interim government's declaration criminalizes all the Brotherhood's activities, its financing and even membership in the group.

The government says the move is in response to yesterday's suicide bombing on a police headquarters in a Nile Delta city. Sixteen people were killed in the attack and more than 100 wounded.

A security official says the son of a leading Brotherhood member and former lawmaker has been arrested on suspicion that he was linked to the attack. But the Brotherhood has denied being involved, while an al-Qaida inspired group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

A Brotherhood member says today's announcement will have no impact on the group's work or beliefs, because the Brotherhood has seen government repression before. The Muslim Brotherhood denounced violence in the late 1970s.


CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's military-backed interim government has declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group, a dramatic escalation that gives authorities more power in cracking down on them.

Hossam Eissa, the Minister of Higher Education, read out the Cabinet statement after long meeting on Wednesday.

Eissa said: "The Cabinet has declared the Muslim Brotherhood group and its organization as a terrorist organization."

Eissa added that the implications of the declaration punish those who belong to the group, financing it and those promoting the group's activities.

The Brotherhood is the group that ousted President Mohammed Morsi belongs to and which has waged near-daily protests since a July 3 popularly backed military coup toppled his government.

Authorities blamed the Brotherhood for militant attacks now striking Egypt, a claim the Brotherhood repeatedly has denied.