Trump stresses need to defeat terrorists militarily after Egypt attack


The carnage left at least 305 people dead and 128 more worshippers injured

But this was the first major militant attack on a Muslim mosque, and it eclipsed any past attacks of its kind, even dating back to a previous Islamic militant insurgency in the 1990s.

The worldwide community must continue to strengthen its efforts to defeat terrorist groups that threaten the United States and our partners and we must collectively discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence.

ISIS-aligned militants are entrenched in the Sinai Peninsula and have clashed with Egyptian security forces there for several years.

Sheikh Sulieman Ghanem 75 receives medical treatment at Suez Canal University hospital in Ismailia Egypt after he was injured during the attack
Egypt Sinai: Bomb and gun attack on mosque

In July, at least 23 soldiers were killed when suicide auto bombs hit two military checkpoints in the Sinai, an attack claimed by ISIS. Reportedly, the assailants also set the vehicles parked in the area on fire to block off access to the mosque.

On Friday Morning, a massive explosion in Al-Rawada mosque, located in the town of Beer El Abed, in North Sinai's Al-Arish. Although have already been a prime target of terrorism over the past years, India condemned the mosque attack, saying the "heinous" terror act is a "stark reminder of the need to develop a global strategy to fight terrorism".

The jihadists have also attacked local tribes and their militias for working with the army and police, branding them traitors.

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British Ambassador to Egypt John Casson deplored the terrorist attack that targeted innocent worshipers.

North Sinai, which stretches from the Suez Canal eastwards to the Gaza Strip and Israel, has always been a security headache for Egyptian security forces because of smuggling.

Arabiya news channel and local sources said ISIS regarded some of the worshippers as apostates because they revere saints and shrines, which for Islamists is tantamount to idolatry.

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Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at a press conference in Paris on October 24, 2017.

Britain Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Boris Johnson: "Deeply saddened by the abhorrent attack on a mosque in North Sinai, Egypt".

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