Explosion Rocks Mosque in Egypt’s Northern Sinai, Killing Dozens (PHOTO)
The attack struck the mosque during Friday prayers. Egypt has been fighting jihadist militants in the northern Sinai Peninsula since they had pledged allegiance to Daesh in 2014.
An explosion has occurred at Al Rawdah mosque, west of El Arish city in the north of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 200 and injuring 130, state television reported Friday.
While the death toll may further rise, Egypt’s Health Ministry official data previously suggested that at least 200 people were killed or injured in the attack in the mosque, which used to be attended by hundreds.
According to an Egyptian lawmaker, the terrorists were masked and surrounded the mosque during prayers, then they entered the building, with a number of militants wearing explosive belts.
The Egyptian security forces have cordoned off the site of the explosion and are searching for remaining terrorists. Egyptian President Sisi is reportedly set to hold a top-level emergency security meeting, while the authorities have declared a three-day mourning over the attack.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet, however, Egypt has been fighting a jihadist insurgency in the northern Sinai Peninsula since the army overthrew then-President Mohamed Morsi in 2013. The militants on the Sinai pledged allegiance to Daesh terrorist group in 2014, and have claimed responsibility for a number of deadly attacks in the region since then.
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