In the deadliest attack on civilians in Egypt’s modern history, Islamist militants detonated a bomb inside a crowded mosque on Friday and then sprayed gunfire on panicked worshipers as they fled the building, you already know that and in all at least 235 dead bodies have been seen. And now they put the number of those who were wounded at 109.
The scale and ruthlessness of the assault, which occurred in a small town in the insurgency-racked Sinai Peninsula, sent shock waves across the nation, not just for the number of deaths but also for the choice of target. Attacks on mosques are rare in Egypt, where the Islamic State has targeted Coptic Christian churches and pilgrims but avoided Muslim places of worship.
There are fears that the death toll, which rose from 85 to 235, may rise further. World leaders have condemned the attack and sent their condolences to Egypt. US President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and more have all taken to Twitter to speak out against the terrorist attack.
The US Embassy in Egypt has also spoken out over today’s attack that has so far claimed 235 victims. If confirmed, the 235 figure would make this attack the deadliest in Egypt’s modern history.