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Egypt: Hundreds arrested under new law

Yesterday, the Egyptian govt officially listed the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group.

Egypt stepped up pressure on the Muslim Brotherhood a day after declaring it a terrorist group, using the new classification to detain hundreds of its supporters on Thursday. Picture: AFP

CAIRO - Egypt stepped up pressure on the Muslim Brotherhood a day after declaring it a terrorist group, using the new classification to detain hundreds of its supporters on Thursday, while one person died in street clashes ignited by political tension.

A bomb blast in a Cairo suburb wounded five people.

This was the second attack this week after a suicide bomber killed 16 people north of the capital on Tuesday.

Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who led the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi in July, said Egypt would be "steadfast" in the face of terrorism.

The Cairo bomb, which blew windows out of a bus, appeared to be the first aimed at civilians in a recent wave of attacks.

But there was no claim of responsibility to say what had been targeted. A second device found nearby was defused.

The government declared Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group on Wednesday in response to the suicide attack that targeted a police station a day earlier in the city of Mansoura.

It accused the group of carrying out the bombing, which the Brotherhood condemned.

Tensions spilled into the streets of Cairo late on Thursday, when student supporters of the Brotherhood clashed with residents of an area where they were demonstrating, the Interior Ministry said.

Birdshot gunfire was exchanged and one person died before police fired tear gas into the crowd to disperse protesters, the ministry said in a statement that did not identify the person.