At Least 200 Dead In Egypt Mosque Attack

At Least 200 Dead In Egypt Mosque Attack

At Least 200 Dead In Egypt Mosque Attack

Numerous attacks, some of which were carried out by the local branch of the Islamic State terrorist organization, are aimed at police and security forces in the Sinai Peninsula.

The target: The mosque is known for being the birthplace of Sheikh Eid al-Jariri, a Sufi cleric considered the founder of Sufism in the Sinai Peninsula.

Three police officers told the AP that militants attacked the al-Rawdah mosque in the town of Bir al-Abd, which is located about 25 miles from the North Sinai provincial capital of el-Arish. "This incident is another stark reminder of the need to develop a global strategy to fight this menace of terrorism".

The White House said Trump would be speaking with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at 3 p.m.

The attack was unusual in several ways for Egypt, said Kamran Bokhari, senior analyst at George Washington University's Program on Extremism: the high casualty toll, targeting a mosque and its level of sophistication. "God bless the people of Egypt", he tweeted.

U.S. President Donald Trump, in a post on Twitter on Friday, called the assault a "horrible and cowardly terrorist attack". "The world can not tolerate terrorism, we must defeat them militarily and discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence!"

The attack happened in Sinai
Image The attack happened in Sinai

Prime Minister of United Kingdom Theresa May called the attacks "sickening" "evil" and "cowardly".

Will be calling the President of Egypt in a short while to discuss the tragic terrorist attack, with so much loss of life.

Egypt has suffered one of its deadliest terrorist attacks in its modern history. "My honest condolences to all those affected by such a barbaric act". ISIS' affiliate in Egypt claimed that attack. "My honest condolences to all those affected and to the people of Egypt". It also said that 120 people were wounded in the attack. We can not & will not allow terrorists to win.

Local media reports said that attackers planted explosives and then opened fire on worshippers while the sermon was under way.

The jihadists have also attacked local tribes and their militias, branding them traitors for working with the army and police.

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