Terror attack on Egypt mosque :At least 235 killed
Egyptian media reports say at least 235 people have been killed in a bomb and gun attack on a mosque in the country’s northern Sinai Peninsula. The attack occurred in Bir al-Abed in North Sinai province shortly after Friday prayers.
At least 235 worshippers were killed and 109 others injured in the attack, Pictures from the scene show rows of bloodied victims inside the mosque. The mosque may also have been targeted because it followed a Sufi sect. Sufis are considered infidels by groups such as ISIL.
The government has declared a three-day period of mourning for the victims.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi condemned the attack, which he described as “criminal” and “cowardly” in a televised statement on Friday. He expressed condolences to the victims and their families and said the attack “will not go unpunished”.
No group has claimed responsibility but local affiliates of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group have claimed previous attacks.