View Full Version : "A Real Black Friday" in Egypt: 235 Dead and 109 Injured in Terrorist Attack

11-24-2017, 10:43 PM
Egyptian President Sisi declares three days of mourning


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Terrorists have launched an attack on El Arish Al Rawada Mosque at Al Rawda Village, 40 km west of El Arish, detonating an IED and opening fire on worshipers during Friday prayers. 235 people have been announced dead and 109 have been injured making the attack one of the worst in recent memory. Ambulances have transported the injured to Bir El Abd Hospital.

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has convened an emergency meeting with his defence and interior ministers and intelligence chief, the presidency's Facebook page and state television said. A security source has told Saudi TV news channel Al Arabiya that military and police are fighting the gunmen while residents of the village of Rawda have refused to provide shelter to the militants.

This attack is the deadliest in Egypt's modern history. 224 people were killed in 2015 when Metrojet Flight 9268 disintegrated above northern Sinai. Witnesses have reported there were around 40 gunmen who set up positions outside the mosque with jeeps and opened fire from different directions as people tried to escape, reports Reuters.

The terrorists reportedly detonated a bomb before firing on fleeing worshippers while blocking escape routes with burnt-out cars. The suspected Islamic State attack took place at the Al-Rawdah mosque in Bir al-Abed, near El-Arish, during Friday prayers. The death toll has risen to 235, Egyptian state television reported, quoting the public prosecutor.

US President Donald Trump has condemned the mass murder as a 'horrible and cowardly terrorist attack on innocent and defenseless worshipers', adding: 'The world cannot tolerate terrorism.'


White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has released a full statement on the attack:

The United States condemns in the strongest terms today’s horrific terrorist attack at a mosque in Egypt’s North Sinai province. We offer our condolences to the families of those killed and wounded, and we stand with the people and government of Egypt against terrorism. There can be no tolerance for barbaric groups that claim to act in the name of a faith but attack houses of worship and murder the innocent and defenseless while at prayer. The international 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.

Ongoing war

Egyptian Culture Minister Helmy Namnam said on Egyptian TV that the attack was "part of an ongoing war that the Muslim Brotherhood group and its allies are waging against Egypt." Several other former government officials made similar claims. The Muslim Brotherhood denied responsibility following previous terror attacks.

Egypt's Islamic endowments minister told government media the militants are resorting to extremely brutal attacks because they are becoming desperate:
He says that attacking mosques is the last card they have to play. They have attacked churches before, claiming the victims were infidels, but now they are attacking mosques, because their previous attacks failed. He says they are proving that it is they who, in fact, are enemies of God.

Influx of militants

Arab media have reported a recent influx of Islamic militants from Iraq and Syria to parts of North Africa, including Egypt and Libya. Egyptian media have accused Qatar and Turkey of helping terrorists to flee Iraq and Syria to North Africa. Qatar and Turkey deny the accusations.

A witness said: 'They were shooting at people as they left the mosque. 'They were shooting at the ambulances, too.' Some reports have claimed the bomb was set off in the children's kindergarten area of the mosque before the terrorists - in military uniforms and wielding black flags - slaughtered those who fled. They added that IS militants had blocked escape routes from the area by blowing up cars and leaving the burning wrecks blocking the roads.

Another report claims that terrorists wearing suicide vests hid themselves among the people at the mosque before detonating the bombs. MP Mustafa Bakri branded the situation 'catastrophic' on Twitter. He added: 'The terrorists wore masks and surrounded the mosque during prayers, and terrorists wearing belts were hidden among the worshippers.'

A tribal leader and head of a Bedouin militia that fights Islamic State said that the mosque is known as a place of gathering for Sufis.

11-24-2017, 10:48 PM
As I understand it those victims are "Sufi" muslims so it is ok the kill them all. Some cultures are superior to others.

11-24-2017, 10:52 PM
As I understand it those victims are "Sufi" muslims so it is ok the kill them all. Some cultures are superior to others.

The Quran forbids Muslims to kill other Muslims (4:92), but if one group of Muslims thinks another is heretical, then it considers itself to have a duty before Allah to carry out the Sharia death penalty.

I doubt it was Egyptians who did this though..in all likehood it was ISIS thugs who infiltrated Egypt.

235 is a shockingly high number of dead. RIP

11-24-2017, 11:01 PM
The gun and bomb assault in Sinai is the deadliest militant attack in modern Egyptian history.

No group has yet claimed the attack, but militants affiliated with so-called Islamic State (IS) have been responsible for scores of deadly attacks in the province.

The head of IS's religious police in Sinai said last December that Sufis who did not "repent" would be killed, after the group beheaded two elderly men reported to be Sufi clerics.

The victim of the mosque attack also included military conscripts.

Witnesses said dozens of gunmen arrived in off-road vehicles and bombed the packed mosque before opening fire on worshippers as they tried to flee.

The assailants are reported to have set parked vehicles on fire in the vicinity to block off access to the mosque.

"They were shooting at people as they left the mosque," a local resident who had relatives there told Reuters news agency. "They were shooting at the ambulances too."

Islamist militants have been operating in northern Sinai for several years, mainly targeting security forces.
But this is the first time that worshippers inside a mosque have been targeted. The number of victims is unprecedented for an attack of this type.

Although Sufis are widely accepted across much of the Muslim world, some jihadist groups, including IS, see them as heretics.

The al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed was targeted during Friday prayers.
It is the deadliest attack of its kind since an Islamist insurgency in the peninsula was stepped up in 2013.

11-24-2017, 11:04 PM
Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit condemned the attack as a "terrifying crime which again shows that Islam is innocent of those who follow extremist terrorist ideology".

In other reaction:

UK Prime Minister Theresa May tweeted: "Appalled by the sickening attack on a mosque in North Sinai. Condolences with all those in #Egypt affected by this evil and cowardly act."

US President Donald Trump called the attack "horrible and cowardly".

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called the attack "despicable", while Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said lights at the Eiffel Tower would turn off to honour the victims

The city hall in Tel Aviv, Israel, projected the Egyptian flag to show solidarity

The injured were brought to hospitals far away, including in Cairo

11-25-2017, 12:59 PM
Update: The number of dead have now increased to over 300!!

Reuters, CAIRO – Militant gunmen who killed more than 300 people in an attack on a mosque in Egypt’s North Sinai on Friday were carrying an Islamic State flag and were between 25 to 30 in number, the public prosecutor’s office said in a statement on Saturday.

The gunmen, some wearing masks and military-style uniforms, surrounded the mosque blocking windows and a doorway and opened fire inside with automatic rifles, the statement citing their investigation and interviews with wounded survivors….

11-25-2017, 01:00 PM
“Egypt: Muslims who killed more than 300 people in attack on Sufi mosque carried Islamic State flag.”

Condemnations and riots all over the Muslim world will flood the media now due to this caricature, in and of flesh and blood, of Islam implicating its holy prophet.

11-25-2017, 02:11 PM
How 30 masked ISIS jihadis used burnt-out cars to trap Egyptian worshippers outside a mosque before killing 305 - including 27 children

Hundreds slaughtered after savage gun and bomb attack at an Egyptian mosque
They were penned-in by the terrorists and gunned down while trying to escape

The terrorists who slaughtered 305 people at a mosque in Egypt yesterday were carrying an ISIS flag and wearing masks, it has been revealed.

Twenty-seven children were among the innocents gunned down and blown up.
At least 128 were also hurt during the horrifying bloodshed, according to the state news agency.

In response to the savagery, the lights of the Eiffel Tower in Paris were switched off

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