Egypt Mosque Attack: 235 killed, 109 injured in mosque attack in North Sinai

Egypt Mosque Attack: Around 235 were killed and 109 wounded after an explosion hit a mosque in northern Sinai on Friday.

The explosion occurred in the village of al-Rawda, west of el-Arish, shortly after Friday prayers. The news says that after the explosion, armed men in four off-road vehicles opened fire on the faithful.

No group claimed responsibility for the assault, but it was the deadliest in the region where for three years the Egyptian security forces have fought against an Islamic State insurgency that has killed hundreds of police and soldiers.

The Egyptian government has declared three days of mourning in response to the attack that rocked the Al-Rawdah mosque in Bir al-Abed west of El-Arish, state television said. The army launched security campaigns in the area, arrested suspects and demolished houses belonging to terrorists, including those providing tunnels that led to the Gaza Strip.

Egypt Mosque Attack

The government of Egypt has announced three days of mourning, even when President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi presided over an emergency meeting with officials to review the security situation after the deadly attack.

Egypt has witnessed a series of terrorist attacks this year that have claimed dozens of lives. On May 26, gunmen attacked a bus carrying Coptic Christians in central Egypt, killing at least 28 people and wounding 25 others.

On April 9, two suicide attacks on Palm Sunday services in churches in the northern cities of Alexandria and Tanta left 46 people dead.

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