Scrolling news:

Egypt: 85 killed from bomb explosion in mosque after Friday prayers in Sinai

24th Nov 2017
Egypt: 85 killed from bomb explosion in mosque after Friday prayers in Sinai

By Hussein al-Qabbani and Viola Fahmi

 

CAIRO (AA): The death toll from a bomb that went off outside a mosque in the city of Al-Arish in the northern Sinai Peninsula following Friday prayers has risen to 85, according to official sources.

“The number of people martyred in the Al-Arish terrorist incident has risen to 85 with another 75 injured,” Egypt’s official Middle East News Agency quoted unnamed security sources as saying.

death toll from a bomb that went off outside a mosque in the city of Al-Arish in the northern Sinai Peninsula following Friday prayers has risen to 85, according to official sources.

 

The deadly blast reportedly occurred outside a mosque in the city’s Al-Rawda neighborhood.

According to the same source, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi plans to hold an emergency meeting of the government’s Security Committee later this afternoon.

The meeting, the source added, will also be attended by the ministers of defense and interior and the head of Egypt’s General Intelligence Directorate.

In a press statement, North Sinai security officials said ambulances had rushed to the site of the blast, which has since been entirely cordoned off.

According to local security sources, who spoke anonymously due to the sensitivity of the issue, unidentified gunmen had opened fire on the area in the immediate wake of the bomb blast.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing.

The Sinai Peninsula has been the epicenter of a low-intensity militant insurgency since mid-2013, when the army ousted and imprisoned Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president, in a bloody military coup.

The insurgency has been largely confined to the northern Sinai Peninsula, but sporadic attacks have also occurred on the mainland, including capital Cairo.

 

[Map of Sinai peninsula by CIA/public domain]

Leave a Comment

What is 14 + 13 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:
IMPORTANT! To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math (so we know that you are a human) :-)

Over 120 people attended a landmark conference on the media reporting of Islam and Muslims. It was held jointly by The Muslim News and Society of Editors in London on September 15.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 was held on March in London to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to the society.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 was held on March in London to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to the society.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence event is to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to society. Over 850 people from diverse background, Muslim and non-Muslim, attended the gala dinner.

Latest Tweets