Saturday, 25 November 2017

Egypt's president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi vows to avenge mosque attack victims as death toll rises

The number of people known to have died in a gun and bomb attack on a mosque in Egypt has risen to more than 300, state media had said.
The death toll is now at 305, including 27 children, the MENA news agency reported.

It was one of the world's worst attacks since the 9/11 atrocities in the US 16 years ago.

A total of 128 people were wounded in Friday's assault, believed to have been carried out by Islamic State-linked insurgents.

A bomb exploded in the al Rawdah mosque in Bir al Abed, North Sinai, and then dozens of militants sprayed bullets into the crowds of people who ran outside to escape.

The gunmen were carrying IS flags, Nabil Sadeq, Egypt's chief prosecutor said in a statement.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said the attack "will not go unpunished" and vowed to "respond with brutal force."

"The army and police will avenge our martyrs and return security and stability with force in the coming short period," he said in a televised speech.

SKY     News.