Friday, 24 November 2017

235 killed in suspected Islamic State bomb and gun attack on Egypt mosque



At least 235 people have been killed and dozens more injured after a suspected Islamic State bomb and gun attack on a mosque in Egypt.
 
The country's government has declared three days of mourning following the assault on al-Rawdah mosque - the deadliest ever attack on Egyptian civilians by Islamic extremists - which has also wounded around 130 people.
 
 
The mosque is in Bir al-Abed in the volatile northern Sinai Peninsula, around 25 miles from the provincial capital of el-Arish, which has been regularly targeted by IS militants in recent years.


No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack - which came as worshippers took part in weekly Friday prayers - but state news agency MENA reports that it "appeared" to have been carried out by IS.


President Abdel Fattah al Sisi has called an emergency security meeting.


Officials said the militants arrived at the mosque - largely attended by Sufi Muslims, considered heretics by IS - in four off-road vehicles before storming the building and detonating a bomb and opening fire, with ambulances then seen taking casualties to nearby hospitals.




SKY     News.