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Egypt: Death Toll From Northern Sinai Mosque Attack Reaches 155

1 MIN READNov 24, 2017 | 13:48 GMT
An attack on a Sufi mosque in the town of Bir al-Abd in the northern Sinai Peninsula left at least 155 dead and over a hundred wounded, Al Arabiya reported Nov. 24. Officials said that militants in light trucks targeted Friday prayers, using explosives and firearms. Eyewitnesses said the attackers were masquerading as security forces and proceeded to open fire on first responders arriving at the scene. The Sinai Peninsula is a focus for jihadist groups, with both al Qaeda-linked groups and the Islamic State operating in the region. Despite widespread militancy, attacks against places of worship are uncommon. Al Qaeda targeting guidance generally forbids such activities, meaning that the most likely perpetrator is the Islamic State's Wilayat Sinai (Sinai Province). The core Islamic State group and its franchises have a long history of attacking mosques.
 
Editor's Note: Since publishing, the death toll has reached 235, making the attack the deadliest in Egypt's history, after the downing of Metrojet Flight 9268 over the Sinai Peninsula in October 2015, which resulted in 224 fatalities. 

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