Egypt Hunts For Killers After Mosque Attack Leaves At Least 235 Dead
25 November, 2017, 00:22 | Author: Essie Rivera
An Egyptian television channel reported that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will meet with security officials later today to discuss the attack.
President Donald Trump called it a "horrible and cowardly terrorist attack on innocent and defenseless" worshippers in Egypt and said terrorism and its ideology must be defeated.
According to the local police, gunmen arrived in four off-road vehicles and bombed the mosque.
In July this year, at least 23 soldiers were killed when suicide auto bombs hit two military checkpoints in the Sinai, in an attack claimed by Islamic State.
No group immediately claimed responsibility, but since 2013 Egyptian security forces have battled an Islamic State affiliate in the mainly desert region, and militants have killed hundreds of police and soldiers.
Such an evil and cowardly terrorist attack on worshipers in Egypt.
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The Ministry of Health earlier confirmed that 75 were injured in the attack, adding that the injured were transported to Bir al-Abed hospital in North Sinai. Two groups were firing at ambulances to deter them, said Mohamed, a witness. The attackers also opened fire upon the people as they tried exiting the mosque. Islamic militants, including the local affiliate of the Islamic State group, consider Sufis heretics due to their less literal interpretations of the faith.
Islamic State's arm in Sinai has attacked Sufi shrines with increasing frequency over the past year and has also kidnapped and killed Sufi preachers, posting images of the executions online.
Security has always been one of the key sources of public support for the former general, who is expected to run for re-election for another four-year term early next year.
Egypt's General Prosecutor released an official statement on Friday evening, confirming that death toll of the Al-Rawaady mosque bombing reached 235 and left 109 others injured.
Appalled by the sickening attack on a mosque in North Sinai.
The militants have been unable to control territory, but the military and security forces have also been unable to bring security, as the extremists continuously carry out attacks. Attacks against Egypt's Coptic Christian minority have killed dozens.
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