Egypt declares Muslim Brotherhood a 'terrorist group'
Egypt's military-backed interim government on Wednesday declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group, criminalizing all its activities, its financing and even membership to the group from which the country's ousted president hails.
Hossam Eissa, the Minister of Higher Education, read out the Cabinet statement after long meeting, saying: “The Cabinet has declared the Muslim Brotherhood group and its organization as a terrorist organization.”
He said that the decision was in response to Tuesday's deadly bombing targeting a police headquarters in a Nile Delta city which killed 16 people and wounded more than 100.
“Egypt was horrified from north to south by the hideous crime committed by the Muslim Brotherhood group,” Eissa said.
“This was in context of dangerous escalation to violence against Egypt and Egyptians (and) a clear declaration by the Muslim Brotherhood group that it is still knows nothing but violence.''
“It's not possible for Egypt the state nor Egypt the people to submit to the Muslim Brotherhood terrorism,” he added.
Eissa offered no evidence in his speech linking the Brotherhood to Tuesday's attack. [AP]