More than 230 killed at Sinai mosque in Egypt

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A bomb explosion ripped through the mosque before gunmen opened fire on the worshippers gathered for weekly Friday prayers, officials said.

"The world can not tolerate terrorism, we must defeat them militarily and discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence!", he wrote.

Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz sent a cable of condolences and consolation to Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on the victims of a terrorist attack on a mosque, in Northern Sinai.

The public prosecutors' office said in a statement 235 people had been killed and 109 more wounded.

There have been a wave of attacks on the country's Coptic Christian minority, but attacks on mosques are rare in Egypt.

"Will be calling the President of Egypt in a short while to discuss the tragic terrorist attack, with so much loss of life".

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No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in Egypt, but since 2013 security forces there have battled a stubborn ISIS affiliate in the mainly desert region of Sinai.

The extremists launched an attack on the al-Rawdah mosque in the town of Bir al-Abd, some 25 miles from the North Sinai provincial capital of el-Arish, Egypt's state news agency MENA reported.

In July this year, at least 23 soldiers were killed when suicide vehicle bombs hit two military checkpoints in the Sinai, in an attack claimed by Islamic State. Islamic militants, including the local affiliate of the Islamic State group, consider Sufis heretics due to their less literal interpretations of the faith. Two groups were firing at ambulances to deter them, said Mohamed, a witness.

33 Egyptians security forces were killed and a three-month long state of emergency ensued.

View of the Rawda mosque after a gun and bombing attack on November 24, 2017.

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