Egypt mosque attack leaves at least 85 dead, 80 wounded

President Donald Trump condemned a devastating terrorist attack on a mosque in Egypt that left more than 200 worshipers dead and dozens more wounded on Friday.

Officials said militants in four off-road vehicles bombed the mosque and then sprayed worshipers with gunfire.

Egypt has also faced attacks by militants in its Western Desert, including an attack last month that killed 16 police, according to an official tally issued by the Interior Ministry.

The BBC reported Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi will meet with security forces Friday. 33 Egyptians security forces were killed and a three-month long state of emergency ensued.

Photos from inside the mosque showed what appeared to be bodies lined up in rows on the carpet. The affiliate also is believed to have been behind the 2016 downing of a Russian passenger jet that killed 226 people.

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Meanwhile, Egypt's Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam said such terrorist attacks aim at fomenting sedition everywhere, even at mosques, stressing that perpetrators of this terrorist act have no mercy or humanity. Some 125 more were injured in the attack - one of the deadliest in Egypt's history.

Ahmed Al-Tayeb, a top Sunni imam, told a nationwide television audience that the Al-Azhar Mosque supports the country's leadership and the military against the terrorism groups, which he said have a false understanding of Islam.

After a mosque in Egypt's north Sinai region was attacked on Friday, claiming at least 235 lives, leaders around the globe showered their condolence messages to the families of the victims, asking everyone to stand against the rising terrorism.

The Middle East News Agency said the bombing and shooting attack took place in the city of Arish, which is about 30 miles from the border with the Gaza Strip. "The world can not tolerate terrorism, we must defeat them militarily and discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence!"

Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman strongly denounced the killing of the worshippers as "a coward terrorist action that killed honest secured people in one of God's houses".

  • Megan Austin