Egypt mosque attack: At least 235 killed during Friday prayers


(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE HINDUSTAN TIMES)

 

Egypt mosque attack: At least 235 killed in bomb blast, gunfire during Friday prayers

The state media said that the attack on Al Rawdah mosque in Bir al-Abed had left more than 125 injured.

INDIA Updated: Nov 24, 2017 23:42 IST

AFP, Cairo
Egyptians walk past bodies following a gun and bombing attack at the Rawda mosque on Friday.
Egyptians walk past bodies following a gun and bombing attack at the Rawda mosque on Friday.(AFP Photo)

Militants killed 235 people at a mosque in Egypt’s north Sinai region on Friday, detonating a bomb and shooting at fleeing worshippers and ambulances, the state television reported, quoting the public prosecutor.

It was one of the deadliest attacks in the region’s Islamist insurgency. No group claimed immediate responsibility, but since 2014 Egyptian security forces have battled a stubborn Islamic State affiliate in the north of the mainly desert Sinai, where militants have killed hundreds of police and soldiers.

State media showed images of bloodied victims and bodies covered in blankets inside the Al Rawdah mosque in Bir al-Abed, west of the city of El Arish.

State television and the official news agency MENA reported that 235 people had been killed. Another 125 were wounded, according to state media.

“They were shooting at people as they left the mosque,” a local resident whose relatives were at the scene told Reuters. “They were shooting at the ambulances too.”

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a former armed forces commander who presents himself as a bulwark against Islamist militants, convened an emergency meeting with his defence and interior ministers and intelligence chief soon after the attack, the presidency’s Facebook page and state television said.

The government also declared three days of mourning.

Militants have mostly targeted security forces in their attacks since bloodshed in the Sinai worsened after 2013 when Sisi, then an armed forces commander, led the overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood.

But jihadists have also targeted local Sinai tribes that are working with the armed forces, branding them traitors for cooperating with the army and police.

In July this year, at least 23 soldiers were killed when suicide car bombs hit two military checkpoints in the Sinai, an attack claimed by Islamic State.

Militants have tried to expand beyond the largely barren, Sinai Peninsula into Egypt’s heavily populated mainland, hitting Coptic Christian churches and pilgrims.

In May, gunmen attacked a Coptic group travelling to a monastery in southern Egypt, killing 29.

7 thoughts on “Egypt mosque attack: At least 235 killed during Friday prayers

    1. All murder is sickening, if a person actually likes people being killed they are morally ill. When I put in articles like this it is only for the purpose of information. I am not a believer in any form of Islam yet I do not wish their believers to die, I pray that they will be converted to faith in Jesus/Yahushua because I do not want anyone to die while in a ‘lost’ condition.

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      1. “I pray that they will be converted to faith in Jesus/Yahushua because I do not want anyone to die while in a ‘lost’ condition”

        ohh 😮 why you are praying for them that they change their faith?????? For your kind information they are not killed actualy they are “SHAHEED” and A Shaheed is always alive.
        i think you must prayer for them who are doing such attacks and Bomb blasting.

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      2. I understand the teaching and it does make plenty of sense. You see, in Christianity the teachings are that if a person, any person dies the Soul still lives on forever for everyone has a Soul and the Soul is eternal. Yet in Christianity the Scriptures tell us that anyone who dies without faith in Jesus/Yahushua as the Messiah that after we die we all will face the Judgement Seat of Christ/Yahushua. Then if we lived our life without faith in Christ that we will all be condemned to Hell forever. By no means am I trying to argue with anyone, I am only trying to have good conversations with people so that we can all learn from each other. I know that there is and has always been very horrible people who say they are of this faith or that faith. I would hate to have to be the judge of anyone because I would hate to have to condemn anyone one yet there are people like the ones who killed all of those people at the Mosque in Egypt Friday where it is easy to say things like ‘I wish that they would go straight to Hell and burn forever’. This is why I said what I did earlier about people ‘converting’ from other faith systems over to Christianity before they die.

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      3. everyone think that his faith is better than other.. you are also doing this..
        you are not praying for that people actualy you are just praise your beliefs.

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