Sisi vows to respond with 'brute force' against mosque attackers
Nov 25, 2017, 01:08
Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi vowed on Friday a "fierce action" will be carried out in response to a mosque's attack in North Sinai province that left at least 235 killed amid local and worldwide condemnation, state-run TV reported.
The assailants opened fire on worshippers from four off-road vehicles and blocked off escape routes from the area by blowing up cars on the roads, local police officers told the Associated Press.
"There is no difference between terrorism harming Egypt and terrorism harming other countries".
"The armed forces and the police will avenge our martyrs and restore security and stability with the utmost force", Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said in a televised address.
The presidency has declared three days of national mourning.
U.S. President Donald Trump, in a post on Twitter on Friday, called the assault a "horrible and cowardly terrorist attack".
Two eyewitnesses and a security source told Reuters that the suspected militants targeted supporters of the security forces attending prayers. Dozens of bodies were arrayed on the carpeted floor, their arms folded and their faces covered in sheets, many of them streaked with blood.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, in a statement following the attack in Egypt, called on the global community to strengthen its efforts to defeat terrorist groups.
Grand Imam of Al Azhar Ahmed al-Tayeb denounced the attack and stressed the importance of working to eliminate terrorists. "The world can not tolerate terrorism, we must defeat them militarily and discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence!"
According to local media, supporters of Egyptian security forces were the primary target of the attack, as they were reportedly praying at the mosque.
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