Saudi Crown Prince Condemns Egyptian North Sinai Mosque Attack as 'Cowardly'

Saudi Crown Prince Condemns Egyptian North Sinai Mosque Attack as 'Cowardly'

Three police officers told the AP that militants attacked the al-Rawdah mosque in the town of Bir al-Abd, which is located about 25 miles from the North Sinai provincial capital of el-Arish. Numerous attacks have killed many throughout the country.

Egypt's General Prosecutor released an official statement on Friday evening, confirming that death toll of the Al-Rawaady mosque bombing reached 235 and left 109 others injured.

"We will respond with brute force, we will face those takfiris, we declare three days of mourning", said President Al-Sisi.

Some 125 more were injured in the attack - one of the deadliest in Egypt's history.

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

"Strongly condemn the barbaric terrorist attack on a place of worship in Egypt".

The White House also said in a statement that "the global community must continue to strengthen its efforts to defeat terrorist groups that threaten the United States and our partners and we must collectively discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence".

The group had, since that attack, swore loyalty to ISIS and is now known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant - Sinai Province [ISIL-SP].

In October 2015, 224 people were killed when a bomb brought down a Russian passenger jet that crashed in the Sinai Peninsula.

President Donald Trump called it a "horrible and cowardly terrorist attack on innocent and defenseless" worshippers in Egypt and said terrorism and its ideology must be defeated.

It comes weeks after a major militant attack on Egyptian soldiers in Sinai. Condolences with all those in #Egypt affected by this evil and cowardly act.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May: Appalled by the sickening attack on a mosque in North Sinai.

"What is happening is an attempt to stop us from our efforts in the fight against terrorism, to destroy our efforts to stop the bad criminal plan that aims to destroy what is left of our region".

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