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About 50 killed in Egypt mosque attack

About 50 killed in Egypt mosque attack

Militants attacked a crowded mosque during Friday prayers in the Sinai Peninsula, setting off explosives, spraying worshippers with gunfire and killing at least 235 people in the deadliest ever attack by Islamic extremists in Egypt.

Hours after the attack, Egypt's military launched air strikes on targets in mountainous areas around Bir al-Abed, security sources and witnesses said.

"What is happening in North Sinai is a real reflection of our efforts to combat terrorism, and Egypt is in this war alone on behalf of the region, and the entire world" al-Sisi went on to say.

"In this hour of tragedy, the government and the people of India stand by the government and the people of Egypt", he said.

Earlier in the day, Trump described the attack as "horrible and cowardly" and its victims as "innocent and defenseless worshipers".

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

UK Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron also gave their condolences on Twitter, while NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said his thoughts were with all those affected. "My honest condolences to all those affected by such a barbaric act". Our condolences & prayers are with the victims & their families.

Striking at a mosque would be a change in tactics for the Sinai militants, who have usually attacked troops and police and Christian churches. "This terrorist act will strengthen our resolve, steadfastness and will to stand up to, resist and battle against terrorism".

Unidentified terrorists arrived in four off-road vehicles at the Al Rawdah Mosque near El Arish where supporters of Egyptian security forces were praying, according to eyewitnesses and a security source, as well as Egypt's official Middle East News Agency (MENA). The attackers also opened fire upon the people as they tried exiting the mosque.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also strongly denounced the terror attack, voicing his solidarity with Egypt.