March 12, 2014
Egyptian gov't designates Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist group
The move announced by government minister Hossam Eissa gives the authorities the power to charge any member of deposed President Mohamed Mursi's movement with membership of a terrorist organisation, marking an escalation in the army-backed government's crackdown on the group.
Following Tuesday's attack, Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi described the Brotherhood as a terrorist group, though Wednesday's move formalises the step.
The Brotherhood condemned the bomb attack, responsibility for which was claimed by a hardline militant group called Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis.