Trump Condemns “Horrible And Cowardly” Egypt Mosque Attack As Death Toll Hits 235
This article comes from ZeroHedge.com
Update: After holding an emergency cabinet meeting, Egypt’s el-Sisi, speaking publicly about today’s attack for the first time, vowed that the perpetrators wouldn’t go unpunished. El-Sisi earlier declared a State of Emergency and three-day morning period following the attack.
However, many on twitter blamed el-Sisi’s policies for emboldening the militants.
Worst thing about the massive terror attack in #Sinai ?
It will give justification to the likes of #Sisi and #Trump and their so called War on Terror.#Egyptians will pay with more loss of freedom- if that is at all possible.
— Amr Khalifa (@Cairo67Unedited) November 24, 2017
Update: President Donald Trump has offered his condolences to the families of the victims in today’s shooting at a Mosque in the Northern Sinai Peninsula: The world cannot tolerate terrorism, we must defeat them militarily and discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence!
Horrible and cowardly terrorist attack on innocent and defenseless worshipers in Egypt. The world cannot tolerate terrorism, we must defeat them militarily and discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2017
Early Friday, militants armed with guns and explosives stormed a mosque in Egypt’s troubled northern Sinai Peninsula on Friday, killing at least 235 people and wounding at least 120 others, according to Bloomberg, in what appears to be the deadliest mass killing in Egypt since the 2013 attack in Rabaa al-Adawiya, where soldiers loyal to present-day leader Abdel Fattah el-Sisi murdered as many as 900 Islamists who had gathered in the square for a nonviolent sit-in.
The assault west of the town of El-Arish in Sinai targeted people gathered for Friday prayers, when mosques in Egypt often overflow with worshipers. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Yet Sinai province, a triangular piece of land bordering southern Israel and the Gaza Strip, has been a key battleground in the government’s battle against a local branch of Islamic State. Al-Arabiya and other local sources said some of the worshippers were Sufis. Islamic State regards them as apostates because they revere saints and shrines, which hardliners believe is tantamount to heresy.
El-Sisi has declared three days of mourning, according to Shorouk News. State TV reports five militants were involved in the attack.
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