India condemns Egypt terror attack

Police sources told the Associated Press that men in four off-road vehicles opened fire on worshippers inside the mosque during a sermon. Officials say about 130 others were also hurt.

Friday's attack has been declared as an unprecedented attack and President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi said those responsible for it will be responded with "brute force".

The country's state-run MENA news agency said that 85 people have died and 80 were injured in what it described as a "terrorist incident", citing "official sources.".

In a message on his Twitter account, Donald Trump decried the "horrible and cowardly terrorist attack on innocent and defenseless worshipers" in that African nation's North Sinai region.

The target: The mosque is known for being the birthplace of Sheikh Eid al-Jariri, a Sufi cleric considered the founder of Sufism in the Sinai Peninsula.

The assailants planted home-made explosive in the mosque in the town of Bir al-Abd, near Arish, and detonated them as worshippers were leaving after prayers.

Smoke rises after an airstrike in the Sinai city of Rafah as seen from Gaza
Smoke rises after an airstrike in the Sinai city of Rafah as seen from Gaza

The gunmen also fired at ambulances transferring the injured to hospital, eyewitnesses said.

El-Sisi said that Egypt is facing terrorism alone, on behalf of the region and the whole world, and said that events in Sinai are "an attempt to break our will", and to end Egypt's efforts "to terminate the terrorist plan that is aiming to destroy what is left of the region". Numerous attacks have killed many throughout the country.

Grand Imam of Al Azhar Ahmed al-Tayeb denounced the attack and stressed the importance of working to eliminate terrorists. However, dozens of Christians have been killed in similar attacks on churches across Egypt.

Egypt is suffering a wave of terrorist attacks, mostly centered in Sinai where militants have killed hundreds of police and soldiers since the army-led ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

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

The terror attack has drawn widespread local and worldwide condemnation as cowardly act of terrorism. "India resolutely supports the fight against all forms of terrorism and stands with the people as well as Government of Egypt". Condolences with all those in Egypt affected by this evil and cowardly act.

  • Tracy Klein