Militants killed 230 People at mosque in North Sinai

Vastavam web: Militants killed more than 230 people at a mosque in North Sinai on Friday, detonating a bomb and gunning down worshippers in the deadliest such attack of Egypt’s modern history, state media and witnesses said.State media showed images of bloodied victims and bodies covered in blankets inside the Al Rawdah mosque in Bir al-Abed, west of El Arish, the main city in North Sinai.
Worshippers were finishing Friday prayers at the mosque when a bomb exploded, witnesses said. Around 40 gunmen set up positions outside the mosque with jeeps and opened fire from different directions as people tried to escape.The public prosecutors’ office said in a statement 235 people had been killed and 109 more wounded.
Hours after the attack, Egypt’s military launched air strikes on targets in mountainous areas around Bir al-Abed, security sources and witnesses said.“The armed forces and the police will avenge our martyrs and restore security and stability with the utmost force,” Sisi said in a televised address.Striking at a mosque would be a change in tactics for the Sinai militants, who have usually attacked troops and police and Christian churches.