Egypt Sinai: Bomb and gun attack on mosque

Egypt Sinai: Bomb and gun attack on mosque

Egypt Sinai: Bomb and gun attack on mosque

At least 235 people have died and 109 were wounded after a bomb was detonated by Islamic State militants in a mosque in Bir al-Abed, a town in northern Sinai, reports the New York Times.

El-Sisi called a meeting of the security committee, state-run television said.

As of Friday afternoon, no terror group had claimed responsibility for the attack.

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani tweeted: "Heartbreaking loss of life in the cowardly massacre that took place in Egypt. Acts of barbarism and hatred in the name of God are acts against God himself". "India resolutely supports the fight against all forms of terrorism and stands with the people as well as Government of Egypt".

President Donald Trump called it a "horrible and cowardly terrorist attack on innocent and defenseless" worshippers in Egypt and said terrorism and its ideology must be defeated.

"The world can not tolerate terrorism, we must defeat them militarily and discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence!", he wrote.

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron also gave their condolences on Twitter, while NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said his thoughts were with all those affected.

Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Margot Wallstrom: "I strongly condemn the attack in Sinai, Egypt". "My honest condolences to all those affected by such a barbaric act", he tweeted.

US Vice President Mike Pence also took to the micro-blogging site to express grief and emphasised that one can not allow terror forces to win. Our condolences & prayers are with the victims & their families. Reportedly, the assailants also set the vehicles parked in the area on fire to block off access to the mosque.

Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili: "Our most honest condolences to the families of victims, the Government and the people of Egypt and everyone affected by the heinous attack on the mosque in Sinai".

Victims were being transferred to local hospitals, police added, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to brief reporters.

The jihadists have also attacked local tribes and their militias, branding them traitors for working with the army and police.

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