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Dozens killed in Egypt mosque attack

July 21 2018, 12:22 | Irvin Gilbert

Dozens killed in Egypt mosque attack

Abdallah Abdel Nasser 14 receives medical treatment at Suez Canal University hospital in Ismailia Egypt Nov. 24 2017

Militants armed with guns and explosives stormed a mosque in Egypt's restive northern Sinai on Friday, killing at least 200 people and wounding 125 others in the deadliest single attack in the country in years.

The Islamic State group's Egypt branch has killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers, and also civilians accused of working with the authorities, in attacks in the north of the Sinai peninsula, over the years.

The attack targeted Al Rawdah mosque in Bir Al-Abed, in the west of Arish province, Egyptian state-owned news agency MENA said. "This incident is another stark reminder of the need to develop a global strategy to fight this menace of terrorism".

A Ministry of Health spokesman said the terrorists set off a bomb during the attack. Our deep condolences at the loss of innocent lives. "God bless the people of Egypt", he tweeted.

The president further promised that Egypt's army and policemen will shortly reestablish control and security, asserting, "we will respond to this terrorist attack vigorously". "The world can not tolerate terrorism, we must defeat them militarily and discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence!"

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Defence spokesman told media that the slain militants includes LeT Commander Mahmood Bhai. Sources said the group had killed a border security force trooper in the region.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron also gave their condolences on Twitter, while NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said his thoughts were with all those affected.

Such an evil and cowardly terrorist attack on worshipers in Egypt.

Some 125 more were injured in the attack - one of the deadliest in Egypt's history. "My honest condolences to all those affected by such a barbaric act". The mosque attack, however, marks a major escalation in the conflict. "My honest condolences to all those affected and to the people of Egypt". Numerous attacks have killed many throughout the country. We can not & will not allow terrorists to win.

Three police officials said men in four off-road vehicles opened fire on worshippers inside the mosque during the sermon.

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