Attack on Egyptian mosque leaves over 50 dead

Attack on Egyptian mosque leaves over 50 dead

Attack on Egyptian mosque leaves over 50 dead

In July this year, at least 23 soldiers were killed when suicide vehicle bombs hit two military checkpoints in the Sinai, in an attack claimed by Islamic State.

Some 75 people had been wounded in the attack, a health ministry spokesman told Egyptian TV.

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

In a unusual response to this ruthless attack on Muslims, President Donald Trump advocated for his ban on U.S.travel from several majority Muslim nations, which has stalled in the courts, as well as his proposed wall on the American-Mexican border. "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", PM Modi said.

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

"We have to get tough, we have to get smart, we have to do what's right to protect our citizens", he said on November 1.

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

Victims were being transferred to local hospitals, police added, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to brief reporters.

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The victims today included civilians and conscripts praying at the mosque.

ISIS-aligned militants are entrenched in the Sinai Peninsula and have clashed with Egyptian security forces there for several years. 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, previous year and posting photos of the killing online.

President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi declared three days of mourning and called a meeting of security officials after the attack.

Egypt later said it would delay the opening of the Rafah border crossing to Gaza after the attack due to security concerns. Addressing the nation later on television, he repeated his view that Egypt fighting a battle against militancy on behalf of the rest of the world.

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

Militants have mostly targeted security forces in their attacks, but have also tried to expand beyond the peninsula by hitting Egyptian Christian churches and pilgrims.

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.

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