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The Mansoura and Cairo bombings this week show that the type of militant attacks that had been largely confined to remote and sparsely populated Sinai are now spreading to the densely populated heartland of Egypt as anger grows over a crackdown on the once-powerful Muslim Brotherhood group.
Secretary of State John Kerry called Egypt's foreign minister and condemned the "horrific terrorist bombing" in Mansoura as well as the bombing in Cairo on Thursday. Mr. Kerry expressed concern about the Egyptian government's terrorist designation of the Muslim Brotherhood, and recent detentions and arrests. He stressed the importance of including groups across the political spectrum in the transition to democracy.
Col. Ahmed Ali, an Egyptian military spokesman, repeated the accusation on Thursday that the Brotherhood was responsible for the attack in the Delta.
"The Muslim Brotherhood is the mother organization of all Islamist terrorist and jihadist organizations in the world," he said. "They try to portray themselves…as a political party and only involved in politics, but on the ground they are jihadist terrorists."