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Egypt says killed a number of Sinai mosque attackers

No group has yet claimed responsibility for attack

25.11.2017
Egypt says killed a number of Sinai mosque attackers People gather at the site of the Egypt Sinai mosque bombing in Al-Arish, Egypt on November 24, 2017. The death toll from a bomb that went off outside a mosque in the city of Al-Arish in the northern Sinai Peninsula following Friday prayers has climbed to a whopping 235, according to official sources. At least 109 others were injured in the blast, which occurred in the city’s Al-Rawda neighborhood.

By Hussein Qabani

CAIRO

A number of attackers involved in a deadly mosque bombing in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula has been killed, according to a military spokesman.

At least 235 people were killed and scores injured when attackers bombed a mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed in North Sinai and then opened fire on fleeing worshippers on Friday.

In a statement, army spokesman Tamer Rifai said warplanes had chased a number of militants following the attack.

“A number of vehicles involved in the deadly terrorist attack were spotted and destroyed and those on board were killed,” the spokesman said on Saturday.

He said Egyptian troops had attacked a number of “terrorist spots” in the area.

“Law enforcement forces, in cooperation with air forces, are combing other terrorist spots,” the spokesman added.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, the deadliest in modern memory.

Egyptian authorities have declared a three day of mourning with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi vowing a firm response to the deadly attack.

The Sinai Peninsula has remained the epicenter of a militant insurgency since mid-2013, when the army ousted and imprisoned Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first freely-elected president, in a military coup.
Hundreds of security forces and civilians have been killed in the insurgency, which has been largely confined to the desert region.

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