Mosque Attack In Egypt’s Sinai Kills At Least 200:

Mosque Attack In Egypt’s Sinai Kills At Least 200:

Egyptians gather outside a mosque in the Sinai Peninsula where assailants carried out a bombing and shooting attack during Friday prayers that killed at least 200 people, according to the state news agency.

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Updated at 9:52 a.m. ET

A terrorist attack that targeted a mosque in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula has left at least 200 people dead and as many as 130 wounded Friday, that country’s state news agency reported.

The death toll makes it the biggest attack since the conflict in the North Sinai started six years ago.

The Middle East News Agency said the bombing and shooting attack took place in the city of Arish, which is about 30 miles from the border with the Gaza Strip.

Police officers told the Associated Press that men in four off-road vehicles shot at worshipers who were at the al-Rawdah mosque for Friday prayers.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has chaired a meeting with security officials in the aftermath of the attack, MENA reports.

Officials from around the world, including Israel, Iraq, France and the United Kingdom, condemned the attack.

It is not known yet who planned and carried out the assault on the mosque, but there has been an Islamist insurgency in the region for several years. Officials said a midair explosion of a Russian jet in 2015 over the Sinai was the work of terrorists. Sissi said the plane bombing was meant “to hit relations with Russia,” which has conducted military interventions in Syria’s civil war ostensibly to target the Islamic State there.

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