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.