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Britain orders probe into Muslim Brotherhood terror links

Published on Apr 2, 2014 12:08 AM

LONDON (AFP) - British Prime Minister David Cameron said Tuesday he had ordered an investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood over concerns that the group, declared a terrorist organisation by Egypt and Saudi Arabia, is linked to violent extremism.

Key leaders of the group have been based in London since the toppling of the Islamist Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi last year and a crackdown that has seen hundreds killed and thousands arrested.

Egypt welcomed the British inquiry, which will reportedly see intelligence agencies assessing claims that the Brotherhood was linked to a suicide bus bombing that killed three South Korean tourists in February and to other attacks.

Cameron said the inquiry was partly because of concerns over extremism following the brutal murder of British soldier Lee Rigby in a crowded London street by two Islamist converts last year.

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