26 December 2013

Egypt: Hardline Islamist Group Says Govt Decision Opens Door to Violence

Backers of the Muslim Brotherhood set fire to campus buildings at a university in Cairo, according to Egyptian state TV. ( Resource: Campus Protests In Egypt Turn Deadly )

Cairo — A hardline Egyptian Islamist group said that the government's decision to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group is unjust and opens the door to violence in a statement issued Thursday.

The Islamist group al-Gamaa al-Islamiya, which backs deposed President Mohamed Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood, was an armed group involved in violent attacks against tourists and Christians in the nineties. The group has later given up violence.

"This decision eliminates any remaining chance at settling the political crisis in Egypt," the Islamist group warned.

The government's decision came one day after a blast at a security building in Nile Delta's Mansoura, northeast to Cairo, which left 16 people killed and over 100 injured.

Al-Gamaa al-Islamiya said that the decision came despite that another group, Sinai-based militant Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, took responsibility for the attack.

The group described the decision as one that feeds retaliation against the Islamist movement and an exculsion of it, which would lead to more division and polarisation.

"It demonstrates the failure of the Coup's government to administrate the country and protect it, as it only resolves the political crisis through oppressive security methods."

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