Prime Minister Hazem Beblawi’s condemnation of the group comes just weeks ahead of a referendum on a new constitution that is billed as the first major step toward democracy since the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi in July.
“Prime Minister Beblawi has declared the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation,” state news agency MENA quoted the premier’s spokesman Sherif Showky as saying.
An Egyptian court has already banned the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood, to which Morsi belongs, while the interim military-installed authorities have often accused the group of funding and training militants in the restive Sinai Peninsula.
Tuesday’s move to declare the Brotherhood a “terrorist” organisation will likely be seen as a further push by the interim authorities to isolate the movement ahead of the constitutional referendum.
Beblawi’s statement came just hours after a powerful car bomb tore through a police headquarters in the Egyptian city of Mansoura early Tuesday, killing at least 14 people, mostly policemen, said medics and officials.
Egyptian security sources said the explosion in the city, north of Cairo, was massive and a part of the building had caved in.
Medics said the bombing wounded more than 100 people.
The impact of the explosion was felt around 20 kilometres (12 miles) away and shattered windows of nearby buildings, the security sources said.
The head of security for Daqahleya, Sami El-Mihi, was wounded in the blast and two of his aides were killed, security sources said.
Fourteen people were killed and around 100 were injured in an explosion at a security building in Egypt’s northern province of Dakahlyia on Tuesday, according to security and health ministry sources. He added that police chief of the province General Sami al-Meihi was injured in the blast.
At least 14 people were killed and more than 100 hurt in an explosion at a security building in Egypt’s Nile Delta town of Dakahlyia on Tuesday, state media and a security source said.
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