Egypt: Mosque Attack Death Toll Rises to 305
Egypt is still reeling from the gun and bomb attack on a mosque in northern Sinai, Egypt, which killed 305 people, and injured 128 people, on Friday.
Several militants surrounded the mosque and unleashed their attack, as the imam was about to deliver his sermon.
The terrorists threw grenades into the mosque and opened fire on approximately 500 worshippers.
According to survivor, Ebid Salem Mansour: “The shooting was random and hysterical at the beginning and then became more deliberate. Whoever they weren’t sure was dead or still breathing was shot dead.”
While no one has yet taken credit for the attack, Egyptian officials believe that the assault was carried out by ISIS. A number of survivors heard the assailants shouting, “Allahu Akbar”, which means, “God is great” in Arabic.
The assault, which is the worst terrorist attack in Egypt’s history, targeted a Sufi mosque. Sufism is a mystic movement within Islam. Islamic militants see Sufis as heretics because of their less literal interpretations of the faith.
President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has vowed that the onslaught “will not go unpunished”, while the Sinai area’s tribal leaders have sworn a blood-feud revenge against those behind the coordinated attack.
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