Egypt mosque attack claims over 200 lives

Egypt mosque attack claims over 200 lives

Egypt mosque attack claims over 200 lives

At least 235 people were killed and another 109 injured in an attack Friday on a Sufi mosque, Egyptian state-run media reported, in what appears to be the deadliest terror attack on Egyptian soil.

Taking to Twitter, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar in a series of tweets said, "Government of Indian strongly condemns the heinous act of terrorism that has claimed innocent lives in Bir-al-Abed, North Sinai in Egypt today, we offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those affected in this attack".

The attack was the largest single targeting of Egyptian civilians and the first on a large mosque congregation since the IS affiliate began its campaign of violence against the state following the military's 2013 overthrow of an elected but divisive Islamist president.

North Sinai, which stretches from the Suez Canal eastwards to the Gaza Strip and Israel, has always been a security headache for Egyptian security forces because of smuggling.

The gunmen then mowed down panicked worshippers as they attempted to flee and used the congregants' vehicles they had set alight to block routes to the mosque.

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Prime Minister of United Kingdom Theresa May called the attacks "sickening" "evil" and "cowardly". "This terrorist act will strengthen our resolve, steadfastness and will to stand up to, resist and battle against terrorism".

Ahmed Al-Tayeb, a top Sunni imam, told a nationwide television audience that the Al-Azhar Mosque supports the country's leadership and the military against the terrorism groups, which he said have a false understanding of Islam. "My honest condolences to all those affected by such a barbaric act".

The president said that Egypt will stand strong in the face of terrorism, and will continue its war against it.

President of Evangelical Church in Egypt Andrea Zaki condemned the terrorist attack, saying it aims at destabilizing the security and stability in Egypt. The attackers also fired upon the ambulances, eye witnesses claimed.

In a statement afterward, el-Sissi said the attack "will not go unpunished" and that Egypt will persevere with its war on terrorism.

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