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Egypt mosque attack: Death toll to Raises to 155

Egypt mosque attack: Death toll to Raises to 155

Egypt mosque attack: Death toll to Raises to 155, Dozens more wounded after suspected militants target al-Rawdah mosque in north Sinai

People walk outside a mosque that was attacked in the northern city of Arish, Sinai Peninsula.
 People walk outside a mosque that was attacked in the northern city of Arish, Sinai Peninsula. Photograph: STR/EPA 

At least 155 people have been killed and dozens more injured in a devastating bomb and gun attack targeting a mosque in Egypt’s north Sinai, state television has reported.

Ambulances ferried casualties from the scene to nearby hospitals after the attack on al-Rawdah mosque in Bir al-Abed, west of Arish city. At least 85 people were injured, the Mena news agency reported. The death toll rose repeatedly on Friday afternoon as more details emerged.

Militants in four off-road vehicles approached the mosque as Friday prayers were finishing and opened fire at worshippers, a military source told the Guardian.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi convened an emergency security meeting soon after the attack, state television reported.

Egypt’s security forces are battling an Islamic State insurgency in north Sinai, where militants have killed hundreds of police and soldiers since fighting there intensified over the last three years.

Militants have mostly targeted security forces in their attacks, but have also tried to expand beyond the peninsula by hitting Egyptian Christian churches and pilgrims.

No one has claimed Friday’s attack.

Reuters and Associated Press contributed to this report

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