At least 115 people are dead Friday morning after a cowardly attack on the quiet residents of a small province in Egypt’s North Sinai city of Arish, according to CNN.
— Press TV (@PressTV) November 24, 2017
The nightmare began while at least 120 Muslims were enjoying Friday worship at Al Rawdah mosque in Bir Al-Abed when a massive explosion rocked the tiny temple. The building was devastated by the blast, but that wasn’t the end of the massacre, as gunmen waited to shoot anyone who ran out of the mosque for safety.
— CNN (@CNN) November 24, 2017
The outlet reported that:
“After an explosion, gunmen who were waiting outside the mosque opened fire at worshipers as they fled Friday prayers.”
BREAKING: Egyptian state news agency says death toll in Sinai mosque attack rises to 115, with 120 injured.
— The Associated Press (@AP) November 24, 2017
According to WSJ:
“Several ambulance vehicles were fired upon as they tried to ferry the injured from the scene, Ahmed Al Ansary, the head of Egypt’s ambulance authority, told state television.”
#UPDATE At least 115 people killed in #Sinai after suspected militants carried out a bomb attack on a mosque and reportedly opened fire at worshippers attending Friday prayers https://t.co/iMR1cunWmG pic.twitter.com/OELKnCboqx
— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) November 24, 2017
The outlet continued:
“Local residents said the mosque is associated with Sufism, a mystical branch of Islam dubbed heretical by extremists. Though not the first to target Sufis in Egypt, Friday’s attack is the deadliest known recent assault there against its followers.”
“The sparsely populated peninsula has been hit by a string of terrorist attacks since 2013 that have mostly targeted policemen and army troops. Violence against Coptic Christians has also increased.”
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 24, 2017
According to CBS:
“Victims were being transferred to local hospitals, they added, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to brief reporters. They said the ISIS militants had blocked escape routes from the area by blowing up cars and leaving the burning wrecks blocking the roads.”
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) November 24, 2017
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) November 24, 2017
At least 85 dead and scores wounded after gunmen attack mosque in Sinai Peninsula https://t.co/aZGfGBJKD0
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) November 24, 2017