Dec. 24 - Egypt's interior minister says key referendum to map out the country's political future will go ahead despite mounting attacks on security services. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
A mass funeral service in Egypt as thousands flock to the streets Tuesday for the victims of an overnight bomb blast that killed at least 15 people. At least 12 policemen were killed in the attack. It was one of the deadliest since the army deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July. The army-backed government is vowing to fight back. Egypt's Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim visited victims in the hospital where he promised that the January referendum would go ahead. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) EGYPT'S MINISTER OF INTERIOR, MOHAMED IBRAHIM, SAYING: ''The security plans have been made and what happened will not affect the referendum process because it has its own comprehensive security plan. '' The blast prompted a cabinet statement declaring Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, though officials did not directly accuse the group of staging the attack. The Brotherhood, which is already outlawed, condemned the bombing as "an attack on the unity of the Egyptian people".