Terrorist Attack in Egypt leaves 235 Dead
Earlier today, an armed militant attack on the on a Sufi mosque in Sinai, Egypt, left 235 dead. Bombs were set off inside a building next door, while fleeing victims were killed by machine gun fire outside the mosque. 235 worshipers are confirmed dead while another 109 were injured.
Gunmen also set up various locations to blindside ambulances as they transported injured victims away from the mosque.
There is no confirmation of connection with ISIS, however, The New York Times reports that many Sufis have been killed in the area by Wilayat Sinai, ISIS's Egypt affiliate in the past year. The group has been active on the Sinai Peninsula since 2014 when it pledged allegiance to ISIS and has been the perpetrator of numerous attacks on local civilian populations as well as Egyptian security forces.
CNN reports the mosque was home to Sheikh Eid al-Jariri, the Sufi cleric who introduced the sect of Islam to Sinai.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi made a statement following the attack, "We will respond to this act with brute force against these terrorists. This terrorist act will strengthen our resolve, steadfastness and will to stand up to, resist and battle against terrorism."
The Egyptian President also announced a three day mourning period and a meeting with his security advisers.
U.S. President Donald Trump offered his condolences to the Egyptian President and had this to say on twitter:
The situation in Egypt is still under investigation, whether connections between ISIS and this terror attack are relevant remains to be seen.
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