Attack on Egyptian mosque kills over 230

At least 235 people were killed and another 109 injured during an attack on a Sufi mosque in northern Egypt during Friday prayers. Sufism is practiced in the al-Rawda mosque, in the town of Bir al-Abed, which is a mystical branch of Islam that some ultra-orthodox Muslims – including ISIS – consider heretical. It appears to be the deadliest attack of its kind on Egyptian soil. No group has yet claimed the attack, but militants affiliated with so-called Islamic State have been responsible for numerous deadly attacks in the province recently.

Dozens of gunmen arrived in off-road vehicles and bombed the packed mosque before opening fire on worshippers as they tried to flee, according to witnesses. The assailants are reported to have set parked vehicles on fire in the vicinity to block off access to the mosque. Pictures from the scene show rows of bloodied victims inside the mosque.

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi vowed to respond with “brute force” after talks with security officials. President Donald Trump called it a “horrible and cowardly terrorist attack on innocent and defenseless” worshippers in Egypt and said terrorism and its ideology must be defeated. UK Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron also gave their condolences on Twitter.

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John McAulay

19 year old journalism student from Barcelona.

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