Mourners shout slogans during a funeral service for
policemen and people killed in what has been labelled a
suicide attack. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
The Egyptian government has formally designated the
Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation, accusing it of
carrying out a suicide bomb attack on a police station that
killed 16 people.
The move gives the authorities the power to charge any member
of deposed President Mohamed Mursi's movement with membership
of a terrorist organisation, marking an escalation in the
army-backed government's crackdown on the group.
Following Tuesday's attack, Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi
described the Brotherhood as a terrorist group, though
Wednesday's move formalises the step.
"All of Egypt ... was terrified by the ugly crime that the
Muslim Brotherhood group committed by blowing up the building
of the Dakahlyia security directorate," an emailed statement
from the cabinet office said.
"The cabinet decided to declare the Muslim Brotherhood group
a terrorist organisation."
The Brotherhood condemned the bomb attack, responsibility for
which was claimed by a group called Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis.