Thousands of Egyptians have attended a mass funeral for the victims of a car bomb attack which all but destroyed a police headquarters in the Nile Delta.
Fifteen people, mostly police officers, were killed and some 140 wounded in the explosion in the northern city of Mansoura.
The outlawed Muslim Brotherhood condemned the bombing. Even so the cabinet reacted by declaring it a terrorist organisation, though officials did not directly accuse the group of staging the attack.
“We are at the forefront of a confrontation with one of the worst faces of terrorism, and we will not stay silent. We will confront it, and whoever committed this attack – whether an individual or a group – is a terrorist,” said Egypt’s interim prime minister, Hazem el-Beblawi
The interior minister said a suicide bomber carried out the attack.
Despite the Muslim Brotherhood’s denial, hundreds of angry people in Mansoura burned cars and shops they suspected of being owned by Brotherhood members.
Egypt remains polarised nearly six months after the army deposed President Mursi in July.
Cairo resident Mahmoud Himida said: “This explosion proves that the Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organisation and is behind this attack. It is not politics but violence.”
But another resident had an entirely different view: “This is the logical result of the security forces’ clampdown on the Cairo protests and I hold the prime minister and the defence minister responsible,” said Mohamed Mustafa.
Later on Tuesday the authorities said they had arrested Hisham Kandil, the former prime minister of the ousted President Mursi, over an unrelated court order pronounced when he was still in office.