Egypt Hunts For Killers After Mosque Attack Leaves At Least 235 Dead


Militants attacked a crowded mosque during Friday prayers in the Sinai Peninsula, setting off explosives, spraying worshippers with gunfire and killing at least 235 people in the deadliest ever attack by Islamic extremists in Egypt.

The United States condemns in the strongest terms today's horrific terrorist attack at a mosque in Egypt's North Sinai province.

"The world can not tolerate terrorism, we must defeat them militarily and discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence!" the president said.

Egypt's state news agency reported the casualty toll, citing "official sources", revising it upward several times following the officials' initial reports.

"I will get it all done, but what a mistake, in lives and dollars (6 trillion), to be there in the first place!"

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi convened an emergency meeting of his security cabinet in Cairo in response to the attack. The blast occurred during Friday prayers, when the complex was packed with worshipers.

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Most of the attacks, which recently expanded the city and some other cities, have been claimed by the Islamic State branch in Sinai.

While Egypt's security forces have been battling an Islamist militants in northern Sinai for years, but the violence picked up after the 2013 ouster of President Mohammed Morsi. Although have already been a prime target of terrorism over the past years, India condemned the mosque attack, saying the "heinous" terror act is a "stark reminder of the need to develop a global strategy to fight terrorism". "My honest condolences to all those affected by such a barbaric act", he tweeted.

Witnesses said the assailants surrounded the mosque with all-terrain vehicles then planted a bomb outside, AFP reported.

In a statement afterward, el-Sissi said the attack "will not go unpunished" and that Egypt will persevere with its war on terrorism. ISIS' affiliate in Egypt claimed that attack.

We offer our condolences to the families of those killed and wounded, and we stand with the people and government of Egypt against terrorism.