The group described by the President Barack Obama and his administration to Americans as Muslim moderates, the Muslim Brotherhood, allegedly killed about 15 Egyptian police officers and wounded 134 others on Christmas Eve morning in the Egyptian city of Mansoura, according to Middle East news outlets.
According to news reports, the terrorists attacked the city's police headquarters using improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that caused extensive damage to the building.
While it remains unclear whether one or more bombs caused the huge impact, the Egyptian military spokesperson mentioned that he is certain at least one car-bomb was involved.
Egyptian police said that witnesses claimed to have seen a truck drive into the security building's restricted parking area just seconds before the huge explosion, according to Al-Ahram's Arabic news.
Most of the victims were police officers and the death toll is expected to increase since several people are believed to be still trapped beneath the ruble inside the building, according to U.S. police advisor Chuck McMahon, a former New York cop.
According to an Examiner news story on Jan. 14, 2010, former President Jimmy Carter during his visit to Egypt said:
"I think the Muslim Brotherhood is not anything to be afraid of in the upcoming (Egyptian) political situation and the evolution I see as most likely. They will be subsumed in the overwhelming demonstration of desire for freedom and true democracy."
However, Egypt's police and military disagree with Carter's rose-colored description of the Brotherhood. "The [Muslim] Brotherhood has shown its ugly face as a terrorist group and its acts will not weaken the Egyptian people's determination to move forward," the police media adviser Sheriff Shawqi told reporters.
Similar attacks have been carried out since Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi's ouster, with the al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamist group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis claiming responsibility for some of the bombings and ambushes.
While the Muslim Brotherhood denies its role in the deadly and devastating attack on police, enraged residents of Mansoura attacked property belonging to a member of the Muslim Brotherhood saying the know its was the Brotherhood members who attacked the police headquarters.
Following the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak, when a member of the Muslim Brotherhood ran for president, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton insisted that the Islamist group was "moderate" and deserved U.S. support. However, counterterrorism and intelligence professionals disagreed and advised against supporting the Brotherhood after their candidate, Mohamed Morsi was elected President of Egypt, according to an Examiner news story.
In fact, according to another Examiner story:
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed an order allowing a radical Islamist with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood to enter the United States and tour American cities in spite of a six-year ban, according to a report obtained by the National Association of Chiefs of Police's Terrorism Committee.