Chris Kitching — Mirror.co.uk Nov 24, 2017
At least 235 people including children are dead after suspected ISIS terrorists launched a suicide bomb and machine gun attack on a mosque in Egypt’s North Sinai province.
It was the deadliest terror attack in modern Egyptian history, eclipsing the bombing of a Russian passenger jet which killed 224.
Masked insurgents wearing military uniforms and waving black flags carried out the massacre as they surrounded the building and stormed areas including a kindergarten full of children during Friday prayers, local media reported.
Terrorists wearing suicide vests detonated explosives and others then shot worshippers dead as they tried to flee the blasts.
As dozens of victims lay dead or dying, the gunmen ambushed ambulances arriving to help the injured at the Al Rawdah mosque in Bir al-Abed, in a region where the military has been battling an ISIS insurgency.
Egypt’s military struck back just hours later, sending its fighter jets into the skies and a drone which reportedly destroyed two vehicles, killing 15 suspected attackers.
Local media reported that as many as 40 terrorists in up to eight vehicles carried out the attack, with a hunt now underway for the perpetrators.
State media said at least 235 people were killed and more than 100 were injured, with photos showing bloodied victims and dead bodies on the floor as mourners gather around them.
Victims were rushed to hospital in the backs of civilian trucks.
A local resident told Reuters: “They were shooting at people as they left the mosque. “They were shooting at the ambulances too.”
No group has claimed responsibility.
Local media reported that some of the victims were Sufis who hardliners such as ISIS regard as apostates because they revere saints and shrines