Egypt interim government officially designated the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group on Wednesday, saying that its findings show the movement launched a bomb attack, killing 16 people and leaving some 140 wounded, in Mansoura on Tuesday.
The Muslim Brotherhood had earlier denied any links to the Manousra attack and condemned the violence there. Also, a group of militants, who call themselves Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, claimed responsibility for Tuesday bombing.
Cairo says anyone working with the group will be punished. It says all Brotherhood activities including protest rallies are illegal.
The designation of Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist entity has created speculations that the state is preparing for a major crackdown on the group.
Meanwhile, Egyptian prosecutors have recently referred ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, to a third criminal trial on murder and other charges related to a mass jailbreak during the 2011 revolution.
The military-backed government of Adly Mansour has launched a bloody crackdown on Morsi’s supporters and arrested more than 2,000 Muslim Brotherhood members.
Morsi’s supporters have been holding weekly demonstrations to condemn the interim government’s harsh crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood and the arrest of its leaders and members.
They have been demanding justice for Brotherhood supporters killed in the army crackdown following Morsi’s ouster in early July.