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Saudi Crown Prince Condemns Egyptian North Sinai Mosque Attack as 'Cowardly'

25 November 2017, 01:35 | Jenny Fowler

The Al Rawdah mosque after the attack which left many killed

At least 235 killed in Egypt mosque attack

Militants bombed a Sufi mosque and fired on worshippers in the volatile Sinai Peninsula during Friday prayers, Egyptian officials said, killing at least 85 people in what appeared to be the latest attack by the area's Islamic State affiliate.

Egyptians gather around bodies following a gun and bombing attack at the Rawda mosque in North Sinai, Egypt, on November 24, 2017. However, dozens of Christians have been killed in similar attacks on churches across Egypt.

The assailants planted home-made explosive in the mosque in the town of Bir al-Abd, near Arish, and detonated them as worshippers were leaving after prayers.

Egypt's presidency declared a three-day mourning period, as President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi convened a high-level meeting of security officials. Some 125 more were injured in the attack - one of the deadliest in Egypt's history.

Three police officers, cited by the Associated Press, but wishing to remain anonymous, said that four men who had arrived in off-road vehicles opened fire on worshippers during the sermon. However, mosque attacks are relatively rare in Egypt.

The terror attack has drawn widespread local and worldwide condemnation as cowardly act of terrorism.

US President Donald Trump, in a post on Twitter on Friday, called the assault a "horrible and cowardly terrorist attack".

At least 235 killed in Egypt mosque attack
The Al Rawdah mosque after the attack which left many killed

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Appalled by the sickening attack on a mosque in North Sinai.

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".

"In this hour of tragedy, the government and the people of India stand by the government and the people of Egypt", he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi: "Strongly condemn the barbaric terrorist attack on a place of worship in Egypt".

"There is no difference between terrorism harming Egypt and terrorism harming other countries".

The group had, since that attack, swore loyalty to ISIS and is now known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant - Sinai Province [ISIL-SP].

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