A terrorist attack at the al Rawdah Sufi mosque is said to be the deadliest Egypt has ever seen with over 300 dead
On Saturday, Egypt’s state prosecutor said 305 dead, with 27 children among the dead
The attack was carried out by 25 to 30 heavily armed men
Gunmen were firing at ambulances as they were trying to transport the injured to al-Arish
Egypt’s state prosecutor said on Saturday 305 are dead, with 27 children among the dead, from a terrorist attack that occurred at al Rawdah Sufi mosque in Bir al-Abed. An additional 128 were injured.
The attack is said to be the deadliest terrorist attack to happen in Egypt. The Sufi mosque is known as the birthplace of an important Sufi cleric. Sufism is defined as “Islamic mysticism.” The majority of Sufis are believers in Sunni Islam, but some strands practice within the extension of Shia Islam.
The Attack Begins
The attack began when an explosion occurred at the building adjacent to the mosque. Following the explosion, shooters fired at worshipers as they fled the area. The attackers then entered the mosque. There were said to be 25 to 30 armed men that conducted the attack.
Before security services arrived on the scene, the gunmen had ambush points and were firing at ambulances as they were trying to transport the injured to al-Arish. The attackers were using automatic weapons.
The attackers arrived in five SUVs, heavily armed. The attackers took positions at the front of the mosque and the entrances. It was reported that the attackers had long beards and hair, some were wearing masks. They were wearing military fatigues and armed with heavy machine guns. One of the attackers was reportedly carrying an ISIS flag, according to a witness statement.
While ISIS has yet to claim responsibility for the attack, they do have a foothold north of the Sinai Peninsula, which influences local Islamic extremists. ISIS-aligned militants regularly attack Egyptian security forces. They have been fighting in North Sinai for years, however, mosque attacks are a rare occurrence in Egypt.
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has called for three days of national mourning following the mosque attack. Sisi also said that Egypt would respond to the attack with “brute force.”
We will respond to this act with brute force against these terrorists. This terrorist act will strengthen our resolve, steadfastness and will to stand up to, resist and battle against terrorism.