Published on : Saturday, November 25, 2017
More than 235 people were killed and 109 injured when the militants attacked a crowded mosque during Friday prayers in the Sinai Peninsula, setting off explosives, spraying worshippers with gunfire, referring as one of the deadliest attack by Islamic extremists in Egypt.
The extremist violence targeted a mosque frequented by Sufis, members of Islam’s mystical movement, in the north Sinai town of Bir al-Abd. The Islamic militants, including the local affiliate of the ISIS group, consider Sufis heretics because of their less literal interpretations of the faith.
Seeking to spread the violence, the Egyptian militants the past year have carried out the deadly bombings on Egyptian churches in the capital, Cairo, and other cities, killing thousands of innocent Christians.
It is also believed to have been behind the 2016 downing of a Russian passenger jet that killed 226 people.
There were dozens of bloodied bodies wrapped up in sheets were laid across the mosque floor. The relatives of the dead queuing up outside the hospital as ambulances raced back and forth.
The resident Ashraf el-Hefny said many of the victims were personnel at a nearby salt factory who had come for Friday services at the mosque.
The state condolences poured in for Egypt, including messages from Israel, the United Arab Emirates, the U.S., Russia, France and Britain condemning this violence.
The US President Donald Trump denounced the attack as horrible and cowardly terrorist mayhem on innocent and defenseless worshippers in Egypt.