Dozens killed in Egypt mosque attack

Now retired Maj.-Gen. Denis Thompson of the Canadian Army is shown here inspecting U.S. soldiers that were under his command at MFO's North Camp at El-Goreh North Sinai governorate Egypt
Egypt Sinai: Bomb and gun attack on mosque
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25 November, 2017

Dozens were injured and killed in Sinai during one of the country's deadliest attacks in recent memory, state media and eyewitnesses said. Islamic militants, including the local affiliate of the Islamic State group, consider Sufis heretics due to their less literal interpretations of the faith.

"It is a cowardly attack that aims to destabilize the [country's] unity, spread bitterness, and make us doubt our abilities", al-Sisi said while addressing the nation, adding, "however, this attack will do nothing but make us stronger and more persistent to combat terrorism".

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

"Horrible and cowardly terrorist attack on innocent and defenseless worshipers in Egypt", Trump wrote on Twitter. "Need the WALL, need the BAN! God bless the people of Egypt", he tweeted. The attack took place as worshipers were listening to a sermon during prayers on the Islamic Sabbath.

Worshippers were finishing Friday prayers at the mosque when a bomb exploded, witnesses said.

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Dozens Of People Are Reported To Have Died In A Huge Attack On A Mosque In Egypt

Security and medical sources in the attacked area reported that forces halted traffic on Arish-Qantara Road, and deployed ambulance vehicles to transport the injured to the hospital. The presidency has declared three days of national mourning.

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

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. 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-Sisi convened an emergency meeting of his security cabinet in Cairo in response to the attack.

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