At Least 155 Killed, 120 Injured in Egypt Mosque Attack

At Least 155 Killed, 120 Injured in Egypt Mosque Attack

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!"

Since coming to office in January, Trump has taken a strong stance against extremists and terrorism.

"We have to get tough, we have to get smart, we have to do what's right to protect our citizens", he said on November 1.

The majority of those killed in the attack are civilians.

No one has claimed responsibility, but the strike bears the hallmarks of an attack by ISIS.

While Egypt's security forces have been battling an Islamist militants in northern Sinai for years, but the violence picked up after the 2013 ouster of President Mohammed Morsi.

Hundreds of soldiers and militants have been killed in the conflict, although exact numbers are unclear as journalists and independent investigators are banned from the area.

Eyewitnesses reported ambulances ferrying casualties from the scene to nearby hospitals after the Al Rawdah mosque in Bir al-Abed, west of Arish city, was targeted.

The public prosecutors' office said in a statement 235 people had been killed and 109 more wounded.

"These attacks on people praying in mosques and churches only strengthen our determination to stand together, & defeat terrorism & hate", Casson wrote on his Twitter. They also shot at anyone who tried to escape, a security official told Efe news agency.

President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi declared three days of mourning and called a meeting of security officials after the attack. Sufis are considered by Islamic fundamentalists to be apostates and are frequently the target of Islamic militants. When they did so, they came under attack by gunmen.

The group had, since that attack, swore loyalty to ISIS and is now known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant - Sinai Province [ISIL-SP].

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