Egypt mosque attack leaves at least 85 dead, 80 wounded

Egypt mosque attack leaves at least 85 dead, 80 wounded

Egypt mosque attack leaves at least 85 dead, 80 wounded

A number of militants stormed Al Rawdah mosque in west Arish City during Friday prayers, and detonated an explosive device.

State condolences poured in for Egypt, including messages from Israel, the United Arab Emirates, the U.S., Russia, France and Britain condemning the violence.

On Twitter, President Donald Trump also condemned the attack, calling it "horrible and cowardly". "Need the WALL, need the BAN! India resolutely supports the fight against all forms of terrorism and stands with the people as well as Government of Egypt".

Such an evil and cowardly terrorist attack on worshipers in Egypt.

Police sources told the Associated Press that men in four off-road vehicles opened fire on worshippers inside the mosque during a sermon.

Photos from inside the mosque showed what appeared to be bodies lined up in rows on the carpet.

Around 50 ambulances were transferring victims to hospitals, according to the Ministry of Health.

The country's state-run MENA news agency said that 85 people have died and 80 were injured in what it described as a "terrorist incident", citing "official sources.".

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Resident Ashraf el-Hefny said numerous victims were workers at a nearby salt factory who had come for Friday services at the mosque.

The public prosecutors' office said in a statement 235 people had been killed and 109 more wounded.

Egypt has for years been battling an armed movement in the rugged and thinly populated Sinai Peninsula, which has gained pace since the military overthrew democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in mid-2013. But IS has targeted Sufis several times in the area in the past, notably beheading a leading Sufi religious figure, the blind sheikh Suleiman Abu Heraz, a year ago and posting photos of the killing online.

Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz sent a cable of condolences and consolation to Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on the victims of a terrorist attack on a mosque, in Northern Sinai.

He affirmed his confidence that Egypt is capable of winning the war against terrorism and eradicating it, a spokesman said.

The result has been a long, grinding conflict centered on el-Arish and nearby villages and desert mountains.

Militants have tried to expand their operations into Egypt's heavily populated mainland, hitting Coptic Christian churches and pilgrims.

"What is happening in North Sinai is a real reflection of our efforts to combat terrorism, and Egypt is in this war alone on behalf of the region, and the entire world" al-Sisi went on to say.

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