Egypt strikes against suspected terrorists after killing 305 people in mosque terror attack
January 26, 2018 | Brainwave Science
Militants killed 305 mosque worshipers in the Sinai village of Bir al-Abed. The mosque was attacked with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. Egypt responded with an air strike attack that destroyed vehicles linked to the attackers. “Egypt’s air force is following the trail of the terrorists and has destroyed two or three of their vehicles,” – declared to The Independent a military source.
“The armed forces and the police will avenge our martyrs and restore security and stability with the utmost force. What is happening is an attempt to stop us from our efforts in the fight against terrorism, to destroy our efforts to stop the terrible criminal plan that aim to destroy what is left of our region.” vowed Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in a televised address to the nation.
This was the deadliest militant attack in modern Egyptian history. “I found people piled on top of each other and they kept firing at anyone,” the mosque’s Imam Mohamed Abdel Fattah told Egyptian State TV from his hospital bed in Sharqiyah.
“We received warnings about 10 days ago not to perform Sufi rituals, claiming that it is contrary to Islam,” said Ahmed Ghanem al-Jarirat, a village elder in al-Rawdah. “We will not be consoled until each murderer in the Sinai is eliminated, and no mercy will be shown,” said the statement issued by Ibrahim Ergany’s Union of Sinai Tribes.
Responsibility for the attack has not yet been claimed by any group, but since 2011 North Sinai has been the site of an ongoing insurgency by jihadists, who since 2014 have been aligned with Isis. The group is responsible for near-weekly attacks on the army and police in Sinai, and claimed responsibility in 2015 for downing a plane leaving the Sharm El-Sheikh beach resort, killing all the mostly Russian tourists on board.
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