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Egypt's military-backed interim government declares the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group

Wednesday - 12/25/2013, 3:20pm  ET

CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood says the government's decision declaring the Brotherhood a terrorist group is based on false accusations.

The military-backed interim government's declaration criminalizes all the Brotherhood's activities, its financing and even membership in the group.

The government says the move is in response to yesterday's suicide bombing on a police headquarters in a Nile Delta city. Sixteen people were killed in the attack and more than 100 wounded.

A security official says the son of a leading Brotherhood member and former lawmaker has been arrested on suspicion that he was linked to the attack. But the Brotherhood has denied being involved, while an al-Qaida inspired group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

A Brotherhood member says today's announcement will have no impact on the group's work or beliefs, because the Brotherhood has seen government repression before. The Muslim Brotherhood denounced violence in the late 1970s.

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135-c-15-(Sarah El Deeb, AP correspondent)-"announce that decision"-AP correspondent Sarah El Deeb reports the government's declaration of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization doesn't come as a big surprise to those who've been watching recent developments in Egypt. (25 Dec 2013)

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136-c-15-(Sarah El Deeb, AP correspondent)-"and manage them"-AP correspondent Sarah El Deeb reports the 'terrorist' designation affects the Muslim Brotherhood's finances. (25 Dec 2013)

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APPHOTO CAI137: Egyptians carry the coffin of a victim killed from an explosion at a police headquarters, during the funeral procession of a dozen policeman and a civilian killed, in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, 110 kilometers (70 miles) north of Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. A powerful blast tore through a police headquarters in an Egyptian Nile Delta city early Tuesday, killing more than a dozen, wounding more than 100 and leaving victims buried under rubble in the deadliest bombing yet in a months-long wave of violence blamed on Islamic militants. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing, which came a day after an al-Qaida-inspired group called on police and army personnel to desert or face death at the hands of its fighters. (AP Photo/Ahmed Omar) (24 Dec 2013)

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APPHOTO CAI140: Egyptians carry the coffin of a victim killed from an explosion at a police headquarters, during the funeral in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, 110 kilometers (70 miles) north of Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. A powerful blast tore through a police headquarters in an Egyptian Nile Delta city early Tuesday, killing more than a dozen, wounding more than 100 and leaving victims buried under rubble in the deadliest bombing yet in a months-long wave of violence blamed on Islamic militants. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing, which came a day after an al-Qaida-inspired group called on police and army personnel to desert or face death at the hands of its fighters. (AP Photo/Ahmed Ashraf) (24 Dec 2013)

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APPHOTO CAI120: FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2013 file photo, an Egyptian man makes his way through rubble at the scene of an explosion at a police headquarters building that killed at least a dozen people, wounded more than 100, and left scores buried under the rubble, in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, 110 kilometers (70 miles) north of Cairo, Egypt. Egypt's military-backed interim government on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013 declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group, criminalizing all its activities, its financing and even belonging to the group from which the country's ousted president hails. Hossam Eissa, the Minister of Higher Education, read out the Cabinet statement after long meeting, saying that the decision was in response to Tuesday's deadly bombing targeting a police headquarters in a Nile Delta city on Tuesday leaving 16 dead and 100 wounded mostly policemen. (AP Photo/Ahmed Ashraf, File) (24 Dec 2013)

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