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Egypt declares Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist group

Egypt declares Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist group

Cairo: Egyptian Interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi Tuesday declared Muslim Brotherhood, the country's oldest and most influential Islamist movement, as a terrorist group, official news agency MENA reported.

The announcement came after a powerful explosion ripped through a security headquarters in Egypt's Nile Delta city of Mansoura early Tuesday, killing at least 14 people and injuring 130.

"The Brotherhood has shown its ugly face as a terrorist group and its acts will not weaken the Egyptian people's determination to move forward," Beblawi was quoted by his media adviser Sherif Shawqi as saying.

Meanwhile, The Muslim Brotherhood has condemned in the strongest possible terms the attack on the police headquarters in Mansoura.

In a press release, the Muslim Brotherhood has said it considers this act as a direct attack on the unity of the Egyptian people and demands an enquiry forthwith so that the perpetrators of this crime may be brought to justice.

In October, the Egyptian authorities ordered to remove the Muslim Brotherhood from a government list of accredited non-governmental organizations.

Earlier, a Cairo court also ordered to ban all activities of the Brotherhood group, seize its funds and form a panel to administer its assets.

The semi-official Ahram newspaper posted on its website that three bombs had been planted out of which two went off almost at the same time.

The attack took place at the Nile Delta Governorate of Daqahliya, official news agency MENA said, adding that a nearby five-store bank building collapsed and dozens of vehicles were wrecked due to the strong explosion.

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