Militants Attack Worshippers in Egyptian Mosque, Killing at Least 235

25 Noviembre, 2017, 00:21 | Author: Gregg Anderson
  • Militants Attack Worshippers in Egyptian Mosque, Killing at Least 235

Egypt's security forces are battling an Islamic State insurgency in north Sinai, where militants have killed hundreds of police and soldiers since fighting there intensified over the last three years.

They have also targeted followers of the mystical Sufi branch of Sunni Islam as well as Christians. Two groups were firing at ambulances to deter them, said Mohamed, a witness.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi: The leader called it "criminal" and "cowardly" and expressed his condolences to the victims and their families, news agency AP reported. Numerous attacks have killed many throughout the country.

Although have already been a prime target of terrorism over the past years, India condemned the mosque attack, saying the "heinous" terror act is a "stark reminder of the need to develop a global strategy to fight terrorism".

Other reports have said that further east, the Arish-Rafah road has been closed, according to Al Jazeera.

The attackers used automatic weapons, said Diaa Rashwan, the chairman of the state information service.

Egypt has suffered one of its deadliest terrorist attacks in its modern history.

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In a statement afterward, el-Sissi said the attack "will not go unpunished" and that Egypt will persevere with its war on terrorism.

In October 31 2015 ISIL-SP destroyed a Russian plane carrying 224 passengers, all of whom perished in the explosion.

MENA also said a state of emergency had been declared in Sinai.

Earlier in the day, Trump called the carnage, which left 235 people dead in Bir al-Abed, a "horrible and cowardly terrorist attack on innocent and defenseless worshipers in Egypt".

"What is happening is an attempt to stop us from our efforts in the fight against terrorism, to destroy our efforts to stop the bad criminal plan that aims to destroy what is left of our region".

North Sinai, which stretches from the Suez Canal eastwards to the Gaza Strip and Israel, has always been a security headache for Egyptian security forces because of smuggling.

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