CAIRO (QHA) - The Egyptian government on Wednesday officially labeled the Muslim Brotherhood a "terrorist group", Anadolu agency reports.
"The cabinet has decided to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group," the government said in a statement read out by interim Deputy Prime Minister Hossam Eissa.
The move came one day after at least 16 people were killed in a deadly bombing at a security headquarters in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura.
According to the statement, Brotherhood members and "whoever propagates or finances" the group will be subject to penalties under article 86 of the penal code.
Under the article, people who join an illegal group face sentences ranging between five to 25 years in prison.
Minister of Social Solidarity Ahmed al-Borei said that the government decision also applied to the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party.
Still the Brotherhood's legal committee criticized the government decision to legal the movement a "terrorist group", describing it as "invalid"