At least 235 killed in Egypt mosque attack

At least 235 killed in Egypt mosque attack

Striking at a mosque would be a change in tactics for the Sinai militants, who have usually attacked troops and police and Christian churches. After at least two explosions, the attackers waited outside the mosque and gunned down worshipers as they tried to flee to safety.

The public prosecutors' office said in a statement 235 people had been killed and 109 more wounded.

Israel strongly condemned the "painful terror attack in Egypt" and sent "the condolences of the Israeli people to [Egyptian] President [Abdel-Fattah] Sisi and to the Egyptian people", in a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office.

The worldwide 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.

The conflict has killed hundreds of soldiers and militants over the years, although journalists are banned from the area and exact numbers are unclear.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, in a statement following the attack in Egypt, called on the worldwide community to strengthen its efforts to defeat terrorist groups.

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The death toll has risen to 235, reports Reuters, citing Egyptian state television.

Security forces have been battling militants in northern Sinai for years, but attacks to date have focused on military and police assets, although assassinations of individuals IS considers government spies or religious heretics are not uncommon. 33 Egyptians security forces were killed and a three-month long state of emergency ensued.

The Sinai branch is one of Islamic State's surviving branches following the collapse of its self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq after military defeats by US -backed forces. Egypt's presidency has also declared a three-day mourning period, Egyptian state news agency MENA reported.

He affirmed his confidence that Egypt is capable of winning the war against terrorism and eradicating it, a spokesman said.

Appalled by the sickening attack on a mosque in North Sinai.

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