At Least 200 Killed, 130 Injured by Militants in Attack on Mosque in Sinai

At least 200 people were killed Friday when militants attacked a mosque in Egypt’s North Sinai region, state media reported.

At least 130 people were injured, the official MENA news agency said. The local Islamic State affiliate — Sinai Province — appeared to be responsible, the Associated Press reported.

It was the largest single attack targeting Egyptian civilians and the first on a large mosque since the militants began their campaign of terror in 2013, the AP said.

Police said extemists in four off-road vehicles bombed the mosque and fired on worshippers during a sermon at the al-Rawdah mosque in the town of Bir al-Abd, located 25 miles from the regional capital of el-Arish.

The militants stopped people from escaping by blowing up cars and leaving the burning wrecks blocking the roads, police told the AP.

The office of President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi announced three days of mourning, MENA reported. Al-Sisi was due to meet with security officials to discuss the assaults, according to local media.

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Source: USA Today