Egypt: Deadly terror strike at mosque leaves 155 dead
24 Nov 2017
At least 155 people have been killed after terrorists launched a suicide bomb and gun attack on Al Rawdah mosque in Bir al-Abed town of Egypt's North Sinai province.
Around 80 people have been wounded in the attack that took place during Friday prayers.
After an initial explosion, terrorists in four off-road vehicles opened fire on worshippers.
No group has claimed responsibility yet.
President al-Sisi convenes emergency security cabinet meeting
A media report claimed that the terrorists targeted the supporters of Egyptian security forces who were praying at Al Rawdah mosque.
Meanwhile, Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has reportedly convened an emergency meeting with security officials in Cairo to discuss the attack.
People in the country are angry with the government because of its inability to prevent such terror attacks and suicide bombings.
Deadliest attack in three years
According to the survivors, those who were not killed in the initial bomb explosion had tried to run away. However, terrorists gunned them down as they tried to escape. The latest attack is reportedly the deadliest attack in three years to hit civilians.
Islamist insurgency gained pace since 2013
Sinai has been increasingly witnessing bombings and attacks targeting the security forces.
Egypt has been battling a Jihadist-Islamist insurgency in Sinai that has gained momentum since 2013 after the military overthrew the democratically elected President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Hundreds of civilians and army and police personnel have been killed since mid-2013, mostly in the Islamic State-affiliated Sinai Province Group's attacks.
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