Brotherhood denies links to Ansar Beit al-Maqdis

The Brotherhood says that it has deep ideological differences with the Qaeda-linked group.

Brotherhood denies links to Ansar Beit al-Maqdis

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Muslim Brotherhood has denied any link to the armed group Ansar Beit al-Magdis, which claimed responsibility for a series of bombing attacks against security facilities in Egypt.

The Brotherhood, the group from which ousted president Mohamed Morsi hails, insisted that it has deep ideological differences with the Qaeda-linked group.

Palestinian thinker Azmi Bishara has said in a recent study that the Brotherhood and the Qaeda-linked group have "deep ideological differences", noting that the latter had declared Morsi an "infidel" before the army ousted him in July.

"How can we be held responsible for the acts of this group?" the Muslim Brotherhood asked.

On Thursday, Egyptian Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim linked the Brotherhood and Ansar Beit al-Maqdis to a deadly bombing at a security headquarters in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura on December 24, which killed 16 people.

The government officially designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a "terrorist group" following the attack, which was claimed by Ansar Beit al-Maqdis.

The Muslim Brotherhood boasts one million members, according to London-based senior Brotherhood figure Hani al-Deeb.

The state-run Al-Ahram newspaper estimates that the Brotherhood has around 750,000 members.

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