Explosion Rocks Mosque in Egypt’s Northern Sinai, Killing Hundreds (Updated)

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Editor’s note:  This happened in North Sinai, an area where Israel and Saudi Arabia can easily infiltrate.  The victims are Sufi Muslims, a branch is Shia, considered heretics by the Saudi/ISIS Wahhabists.

Take this as related to peace breaking out in Lebanon with Harari’s return.  From Sputnik News: 

Egyptian Drones Kill 15 Militants Involved in Attack in Sinai Mosque – Reports

At least 235 have been killed in a mosque in Egypt’s northern Sinai Peninsula amid an explosion and gunfire.

Egyptian drones have reportedly eliminated 15 militants who were involved in the terrorist attack in a mosque on the Sinai Peninsula.

The explosion followed by gunfire killed at least 235 people, with over hundreds others being injured.

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 235, state television reported Friday, citing the public prosecutor.

Egyptians gather outside the Rawda mosque, roughly 40 kilometres west of the North Sinai capital of El-Arish, following a gun and bombing attac

While the death toll may further rise, Egypt’s Health Ministry official data previously suggested that at least 75 people were killed or injured in the attack in the mosque, which used to be attended by hundreds.

While there have been conflicting reports on the number of casualties, there may be up to 150 injured in the blast.

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According to Sky News Arabia, the explosion that took place during Friday’s prayers has been followed by gunfire, with the Health Ministry sending dozens of ambulances to the scene.

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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