Death toll rises to 235 in Egypt mosque attack

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Death toll rises to 235 in Egypt mosque attack

235-plus people have been killed in a bombing and shooting ​attack on a mosque in the Sinai Peninsula, according to Egyptian state news agency MENA.

 

Citing official sources, MENA said more than 130 people were also wounded in the attack on the al-Rawdah mosque in the town of Bir al-Abd, 25 miles from the North Sinai provincial capital of el-Arish.

The attack appears to be the latest by the area’s local Islamic State affiliate.

 Officials said militants in four off-road vehicles bombed the mosque and fired on worshippers during the sermon segment of Friday prayers.

The country’s government has declared three days of mourning after the attack, state television said.

Victims are being taken to local hospitals. One photo taken inside the mosque shows lines of bodies lying on the floor.

One local resident told Reuters news agency: “They were shooting at people as they left the mosque. They were shooting at the ambulances too.”

 

 

 

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