Muslim Brotherhood declared a terrorist group by EgyptUpdated: 2013-12-26 PM 9:55:53 (KST)
In a move that will give authorities much wider scope to crack down on the movement, Egypt's military-backed interim government on Wednesday declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group.
The country's Deputy Prime Minister said the move will criminalize and ban the group's activities, including demonstrations.
He also accused the Brotherhood of carrying out a suicide bombing on a police headquarters near Cairo that killed 16 people and injured at least one hundred-forty.
The declaration is one of the strongest statements the military-installed government has made against the Brotherhood.
This statement has triggered a dramatic escalation in tensions between the authorities and the Brotherhood, which has waged protests on a near daily basis since a military coup toppled the country's first democratically-elected president, Mohammed Morsi, in July.
The Brotherhood says the government's declaration is based on false accusations and it vowed to continue its protest in support of Morsi and the rest of the leadership who remain in jail.
The interim government is pursuing a number of criminal cases against Morsi, including one for inciting deadly violence in December 2012.
Shin Se-min, Arirang News.
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