CAIRO - A blast hit a public bus in Cairo's Nasr City district
on Thursday, injuring at least 4 people, the BBC reported.
The homemade device had been put on a traffic island and a second one, found nearby, was being dismantled, Hani Abdel Latif said. State television showed footage of a bus with its windows blown out.
The attack comes after the Egyptian government intensified its crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, formally listing the group as a terrorist organization after accusing
it of carrying out a suicide bomb attack on a police station that killed 16
people earlier in the week.
The government’s move gives authorities the
power to charge any member of deposed president Mohamed Morsi’s movement with
belonging to a terrorist group, as well as anyone who finances the group or
promotes it “verbally or in writing.”
The Brotherhood, which was founded
in 1928, was Egypt’s best-organized political force until this summer’s
crackdown. It estimates its membership at up to 1 million people.
The government decision is the latest step in a
crackdown that has put thousands of Brotherhood supporters in jail, including
most of the group’s top leadership.
Hundreds of Morsi supporters have
been killed in the crackdown by security forces, and the group has already been
banned by a court that ordered its assets to be seized.
downfall, at least 350 members of the security forces have been killed in
bombings and shootings.
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