Attack on Egyptian mosque leaves over 50 dead

Attack on Egyptian mosque leaves over 50 dead

At least 155 people have been killed today when suspected militants set off a bomb and opened fire at a mosque in Egypt.

Coordinated attack: Gunmen fired on people fleeing after explosions took place at the mosque between Bir al-Abed and the city of al-Arish.

The jihadists have also attacked local tribes and their militias for working with the army and police, branding them traitors.

Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence offered his condolences to victims of the attack, many of whom are followers of Sufism, a mystical branch of Sunni Islam that many jihadist groups view as heretical.

"What is happening in North Sinai is a real reflection of our efforts to combat terrorism, and Egypt is in this war alone on behalf of the region, and the entire world" al-Sisi went on to say.

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On Twitter, President Donald Trump also condemned the attack, calling it "horrible and cowardly".

The White House also said in a statement that "the worldwide community must continue to strengthen its efforts to defeat terrorist groups that threaten the United States and our partners and we must collectively discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence".

The government also declared three days of mourning.

Appalled by the sickening attack on a mosque in North Sinai.

No group has claimed immediate responsibility, but since 2014, Egyptian security forces have battled a stubborn Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) affiliate in the north Sinai, which is mainly desert, where militants have killed hundreds of police and soldiers.

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British Ambassador to Egypt John Casson deplored the terrorist attack that targeted innocent worshipers.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also strongly denounced the terror attack, voicing his solidarity with Egypt.

Friday's attack drew swift condemnation from leaders throughout the Middle East and beyond.

The president said that Egypt will stand strong in the face of terrorism, and will continue its war against it. Condolences with all those in #Egypt affected by this evil and cowardly act.

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