Muslim Brotherhood Members In Egypt Arrested Under New Terror Law

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Egyptian policemen stand guard at the scene of a powerful explosion believed to be a car bomb 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, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. The country's interim government accused the Muslim Brotherhood of orchestrating the attack, branding it a "terrorist organization." No one immediately claimed re | ASSOCIATED PRESS


CAIRO, Dec 26 (Reuters) - Police arrested 16 Muslim Brotherhood supporters on Thursday, the state news agency said, the first arrests on charges of belonging to a terrorist organisation since the group was declared one by the government.

The men were arrested in the Nile Delta province of Sharkiya on suspicion of crimes including "promoting the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood group, distributing its leaflets, and inciting violence against the army and police".

The government declared the Brotherhood a terrorist organisation on Wednesday, accusing it of carrying out a suicide attack that killed 16 people the previous day. The Brotherhood condemned the attack. (Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Louise Ireland)