Egypt Hunts For Killers After Mosque Attack Leaves At Least 235 Dead

Egypt Hunts For Killers After Mosque Attack Leaves At Least 235 Dead

At least 235 people were killed and scores more injured when gunmen stormed a mosque in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, setting off explosives and firing on worshippers during Friday prayers, authorities said.

Police officers told the Associated Press that men in four off-road vehicles shot at worshipers who were at the al-Rawdah mosque for Friday prayers.

Trump said the USA needs to "get tougher and smarter than ever before", adding, "need the wall, need the ban!" adding that he will call the president of Egypt to discuss the terrorist attack.

Head of the European Union Delegation to Egypt, Ambassador Ivan Surkos, condemned the attack, describing it as a barbaric terrorist act against innocent civilians.

Friday's attack targeted a mosque frequented by Sufis, a mystical sect viewed as infidels by Islamic State and other Sunni Muslim extremists.

MENA also said a state of emergency had been declared in Sinai.

Photos from inside the mosque showed what appeared to be bodies lined up in rows on the carpet.

Meanwhile, Egypt's Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam said such terrorist attacks aim at fomenting sedition everywhere, even at mosques, stressing that perpetrators of this terrorist act have no mercy or humanity.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Egypt has suffered one of its deadliest terrorist attacks in its modern history.

The Middle East News Agency said the bombing and shooting attack took place in the city of Arish, which is about 30 miles from the border with the Gaza Strip.

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

Islamist militants have stepped up attacks in Sinai since Egypt's military overthrew the country's Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, amid a wave of anti-government protests in 2013.

The White House also said in a statement that "the global community must continue to strengthen its efforts to defeat terrorist groups that threaten the United States and our partners and we must collectively discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence".

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