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Attack on Egyptian mosque leaves over 50 dead

Attack on Egyptian mosque leaves over 50 dead

At least 270 people were killed and 109 others injured in a gory terror attack on a mosque in Egypt's northern Sinai region on Friday making it one of the deadliest attacks on civilians in the country.

An Egyptian television channel reported that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will meet with security officials later today to discuss the attack.

The country's state-run MENA news agency said that 85 people have died and 80 were injured in what it described as a "terrorist incident", citing "official sources.".

In a odd response to this ruthless attack on Muslims, President Donald Trump advocated for his ban on U.S.travel from several majority Muslim nations, which has stalled in the courts, as well as his proposed wall on the American-Mexican border.

Hundreds of Sufi Muslims were slaughtered during Friday prayers in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula by suspected Islamic militants.

The gunmen had set up "ambush" locations and opened fire on ambulances as they were transporting wounded worshippers to al-Arish before the arrival of security services, eyewitnesses reported. They also blocked off escape routes from the area by blowing up cars and leaving the burning wrecks blocking the roads, three police officers on the scene said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the press.

Images from inside the building showed dozens of bodies wrapped in blood-soaked cloth lined up on the carpeted floor.

Grand Imam of Al Azhar Ahmed al-Tayeb denounced the attack and stressed the importance of working to eliminate terrorists.

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He added in his tweet "The world can not tolerate terrorism, we must defeat them militarily and discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence".

Britain Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Boris Johnson: "Deeply saddened by the abhorrent attack on a mosque in North Sinai, Egypt".

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Leaders around the world condemned the mosque attack.

Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah stressed the Gulf state's support for Egypt, the security and stability of its people and all measures taken by the Egyptian government to face terrorism.

Sissi called the attack "criminal", and "cowardly".

He said the terrorists killed innocent people, did not distinguish between children, youth or elders, and the attack was a war crime.