Egyptian authorities arrest Brotherhood members

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Associated Press

Posted on December 26, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 26 at 7:04 PM

CAIRO (AP) — Authorities in Egypt are carrying out arrests today of members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The move follows yesterday's government declaration that the Brotherhood is a terrorist group. Officials of Egypt's interim government are warning that people who hold leadership posts in that group could now find themselves facing a death sentence.

The state news agency says 16 Brotherhood members were arrested in a Nile Delta province on charges of belonging to a terrorist group. Another 54 were arrested on accusations that they attacked police stations or incited violence.

The terrorist labeling of the Brotherhood takes to a new level the government's move to crush the group. Its members included Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, who was removed from power in July by the military after massive protests against him.

Today's arrests came as a bomb exploded in a busy intersection of Cairo, hitting a bus and wounding five people. The blast raised fears that a campaign of violence by Islamic militants that has targeted police and the military could turn to civilians.

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APPHOTO CAI113: FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2006 file photo, masked Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood students parade inside their al-Azhar university campus in Cairo, Egypt. Arabic on the masks read "We're holding on." Egypt's security authorities warned Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 that their forces will take an even tougher line on protests by the Muslim Brotherhood and that holding a leadership post in the group could now be grounds for the death penalty after it was officially declared a terrorist organization, stepping up the government's confrontation with its top political nemesis. A bomb blast in a Cairo street wounded five people on a bus, raising fears that an Islamic militant campaign of violence could turn to target civilians in retaliation for the stepped-up crackdown. (AP Photo, File) (26 Dec 2013)

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APPHOTO CAI114: FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 file photo, Egyptian security forces and others gather at the scene of a powerful explosion believed to be caused by 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. Egypt's security authorities warned Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 that their forces will take an even tougher line on protests by the Muslim Brotherhood and that holding a leadership post in the group could now be grounds for the death penalty after it was officially declared a terrorist organization, stepping up the government's confrontation with its top political nemesis. A bomb blast in a Cairo street wounded five people on a bus, raising fears that an Islamic militant campaign of violence could turn to target civilians in retaliation for the stepped-up crackdown. (AP Photo/Ahmed Ashraf, File) (26 Dec 2013)

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