Egypt TV host blames Erdogan, Brotherhood for London attack
A government-allied Egyptian talk show host has accused the Muslim Brotherhood and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of orchestrating the recent terror attack in London's Westminster.
Ahmed Moussa said on Wednesday that Britain was facing the consequences of harbouring members of the banned Islamist movement and that the incident would mark the beginning of an upcoming wave of attacks.
"Britain is now paying the price for making a truce with terrorism, sheltering terrorists and allowing terrorist groups to stay on British soil, at the forefront of this is the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood group," the pro-government propagandist said.
Moussa also accused Erdogan - a main backer of the blacklisted Egyptian Islamic movement - of having a hand in the Westminster attack based on statements he recently made that Europeans risk being "unsafe" in the streets.
"No president would say such a thing unless he was seriously in charge of mobilising terrorism… what does he mean? He is talking killing and bombing [civilians] such has happened," the TV host said.
|Wednesday's rampage in Westminster left four dead
and injured at least 50 people [Getty]
"You have to connect Erdogan's statement with the incident in Britain and what is going to happen in European countries," he added.
Moussa then warned viewers against travelling to Britain, citing concerns that Wednesday's attack would be the beginning of a wave of terrorism in the country and that Britain was no longer a "safe place to visit".
Egypt has long been at loggerheads with Britain over its refusal to classify the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group.
A British government report from early 2015 concluded that the group had no links to terror, but recommended that the group's activities be monitored.
The report angered the Egyptian regime.
Hundreds of Britherhood supporters have been killed by Egyptian security forces, while thousands have been imprisoned - including the country's first democratically elected president, Mohammad Morsi - since the 2013 military overthrow of the Islamist group.
This month, the British Foreign Affairs Committee said the Muslim Brotherhood were a "firewall" against violent extremism.
Following the attack on Wednesday, Erdogan sent a letter of condolences to British Prime Minister Theresa May.
"I want to emphasise that Turkey deeply feels and shares the United Kingdom's sorrow. Turkey always stands in solidarity with the friendly and allied United Kingdom in the fight against terrorism, one of the greatest threats to international peace and security," he said.