Egyptian government declares Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group

The interim Egyptian government has declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group after its members attacked a police headquarters earlier this week.  The Egyptian military had deposed Mohammed Morsi and had already outlawed the group. The military has also arrested thousands of its supporters so far.

The government has vowed to prosecute those who belonged to the group and helped to finance and promote its activities. The Muslim Brotherhood is Egypt’s oldest and largest Islamist organization. It was founded by Hassan al-Banna in 1928. The group has also influenced Islamist movements worldwide.

The Muslim Brotherhood has however denied its role in the attack whereas an al-Qaeda inspired group has claimed responsibility for the attack on a Police HQ.  The Muslim Brotherhood was banned in 1954 but its candidate Morsi became the first democratically elected President last year.

image source: AP

news source: AP

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