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235 worshippers die in Egypt terror strike

25 Nov 2017 | 2:30 AM

CAIRO:At least 235 worshippers were killed and 109 others injured when heavily-armed militants bombed a mosque and opened fire on people attending Friday prayers in Egypt’s restive North Sinai region, in the deadliest terror attack in the country.

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Cairo, November 24 

At least 235 worshippers were killed and 109 others injured when heavily-armed militants bombed a mosque and opened fire on people attending Friday prayers in Egypt’s restive North Sinai region, in the deadliest terror attack in the country.

The militants launched a targeted bomb and gun attack on the al-Rowda mosque in Al-Arish city during the Friday prayers, the state-run MENA news agency reported.

After the bomb ripped through the mosque, the gunmen on four off-road vehicles opened fire on the worshippers, who tried to escape after the explosion, it said. 

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The blasts from improvised explosive devices caused considerable damage to the mosque. Speaking to state-run Masriya TV station, health ministry spokesman Khalid Mujahid described the incident as a “terrorist attack”.

One report said the target appeared to be supporters of the security forces. 

Local residents were quoted as saying that followers of Sufism, or Islamic mysticism, regularly gathered at the mosque. Islamist jihadist groups, including so-called Islamic State (IS), see Sufis as heretics. 

No one has yet claimed responsibility and there is no word yet on what happened to the militants involved. However, it bears the hallmarks of an attack by IS, reports said.

There have been regular attacks blamed on militants in the Sinai Peninsula since the January 2011 revolution that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak, but this is the deadliest of its kind.

The attacks targeting police and military increased after the ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 by the military following massive protests against his rule. Over 700 security personnel have been killed since then.

The military has launched security campaigns in the area, arrested suspects and demolished houses of terrorists, including those facilitating tunnels leading to the Gaza Strip.

The Egypt government has announced three days of mourning, even as President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi chaired an emergency meeting to review the security situation.

Egypt has witnessed a series of terror attacks this year. On May 26, gunmen attacked a bus carrying Coptic Christians in central Egypt, killing at least 28. On April 9, two suicide bombings at churches in Alexandria and Tanta left 46 people dead. — PTI 

235 worshippers die in Egypt terror strikeEgyptians walk past bodies following a gun and bombing attack at the al-Rowda mosque, roughly 40 km west of the North Sinai capital of El-Arish, on Friday. AFP
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CITY FOCUS

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25 Nov 2017 | 2:37 AM

CHANDIGARH:A week after a 22-year-old girl was gangraped in the forest area of Sector 53 here, the UT police today arrested the accused auto driver while raids are being conducted to nab his two aides.

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25 Nov 2017 | 1:44 AM

LUDHIANA: With the rescue operation at a factory collapse site entering the fifth day today, the families of three firemen who are yet to be traced from the debris are getting desperate.

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25 Nov 2017 | 1:44 AM

CHANDIGARH: Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has warned of strict action against officers discourteous to elected representatives.

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