At Least 200 Dead In Egypt Mosque Attack

At Least 200 Dead In Egypt Mosque Attack

The BBC reported Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi will meet with security forces Friday.

The death toll has risen to 235, reports Reuters, citing Egyptian state television.

Nobody has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

The mosque is known as the birthplace of an important Sufi cleric.

According to the TV network, the mosque was attacked during the Friday prayer in the Al Rawdah inhabited community near the city of Arish, the capital of North Sinai Governorate. "Terror will be beaten more quickly if all countries work against it together", the PMO said in its statement.

Egypt's reaction: The President vowed to restore security and avenge those killed. The attack was carried by an explosive device on the plane.

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

The gunmen then mowed down panicked worshippers as they attempted to flee and used the congregants' vehicles they had set alight to block routes to the mosque.

Images from inside the building showed dozens of bodies wrapped in blood-soaked cloth lined up on the carpeted floor.

The Sinai branch is one of Islamic State's surviving branches following the collapse of its self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq after military defeats by US -backed forces. Some victims were also killed by the explosions.

Sisi met with several of his top ministers, according to the Ministry of Interior Facebook page.

At least 230 people were killed when terrorists detonated a bomb and gunned down worshippers in the North Sinai region.

"These attacks on people praying in mosques and churches only strengthen our determination to stand together, & defeat terrorism & hate", Casson wrote on his Twitter.

There have been a wave of attacks on the country's Coptic Christian minority, but attacks on mosques are rare in Egypt.

There is no word yet on what happened to the militants involved. However, mosque attacks are relatively rare in Egypt. The attackers also fired upon the ambulances, eye witnesses claimed.

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

Earlier in the day, Trump called the carnage, which left 235 people dead in Bir al-Abed, a "horrible and cowardly terrorist attack on innocent and defenseless worshipers in Egypt".

He added in his tweet "The world can not tolerate terrorism, we must defeat them militarily and discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence".

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said he was deeply saddened by the "abhorrent attack". "My honest condolences to all those affected by such a barbaric act".

Prime Minister of United Kingdom Theresa May called the attacks "sickening" "evil" and "cowardly".