85 Killed In Attack On Egyptian Mosque
At least 85 people have been killed after a gun and bomb attack at a packed mosque in Egypt’s North Sinai province on Friday.
Another 75 people are reported to have been injured, state media confirmed.
The attack took place near the provincial capital of El-Arish during Friday prayers, police officials said, at the Al-Rawdah mosque in Bir al-Abed.
An improvised explosive device (IED) is believed to have been used to target the worshipers.
The bomb was followed-up by machine gunfire from multiple gunmen.
Police said militants in four off-road vehicles bombed the mosque and fired on worshipers during the sermon segment of Friday prayers.
President Abdel Fattah al Sisi convened an emergency security meeting soon after the attack, state television reported.
Egypt’s security forces are battling an Islamic State insurgency in north Sinai, where militants have killed hundreds of police and soldiers since fighting there intensified over the last three years.
Militants have mostly targeted security forces in their attacks, but have also tried to expand beyond the peninsula by hitting Egyptian Christian churches and pilgrims.