SHAFAQNA – At least 235 people have been killed after suspected militants set off a bomb and opened fire at a mosque in Egypt’s restive northern Sinai province.
The attack on Friday targeted supporters of the security forces attending prayers there, two eyewitnesses and a security source said.
Eyewitnesses at Al Rawdah mosque in Bir al-Abed, near Arish city, told local media ambulances rushed to take the wounded to nearby hospitals.
Ever since the attack messages of support for Egypt have been coming in from world leaders:
UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said he was deeply saddened by the “abhorrent attack” on a mosque. “My sincere condolences to all those affected by such a barbaric act,” he tweeted.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron also gave their condolences on Twitter.
Jordanian King Abdullah II condemned what he called a “heinous terrorist attack” on the Jordanian royal family’s official Twitter account.
“We stand with Egyptians in their war against terrorism and against anyone who tries to harm the Egyptian national security,” Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said in a statement.
Shafaqna would like to add its team voice to the list by unequivocally denouncing such act of hatred.
Such barbaric violence has no place in our society, and, we ought to reject it on principle, regardless and unconditionally.
Sectarian-motivated terrorism has become a reality we all have had to contend with and it is time we all realise that while terror militants may claim religious righteousness, their narrative stands in negation of humanity itself and therefore cannot be rooted in the divine.
Terror has no religion!
Islam absolutely rejects oppression and there can be no greater oppression than that imposed by a barbaric few ambitioning to enslave the world into their dogmatism.
Our thoughts and prayers are, and will continue to be with Egypt.