The prosecution has ensured in its reconstruction of facts, based on testimony of survivors of attack, that " 25 to 30 attackers of mosque hoisted flag of DAESH (Arabic acronym of Islamic State)". The aggressors wearing paramilitary uniforms and carrying ir heads covered, "were placed with automatic weapons in doors and windows of temple and opened fire against faithful," details statement of Prosecutor's Office reproduced by state news agency Mena.Learn More
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Witnesses of attack quoted by digital edition of newspaper Al Ahram assert that terrorists blew up a bomb in mosque, attached to Moderate Sufi rite, considered heretical by extremist Salafism, while several armed men opened Fire indiscriminately against faithful than after explosion. Amid a large deployment of security forces, emergency teams evacuated into hospitals close to survivors in dozens of ambulances despite whiteness of terrorists ' shots. Among victims were numerous replacement soldiers who served compulsory military service in conflicting North Sinai area.
Egyptian President Abdelfatá Al Sisi, who declared three days of national mourning, brought toger National security Committee on Friday to address situation. Al Sisi promised to respond with "a brutal force" to "avenge martyrs" of attack. At dusk, Air Force warplanes launched massive bombardments of norrn Sinai mountainous areas close to Bir al Abed, where perpetrators of attack were suspected of hiding. Although attack has not been claimed by any extremist group, Air Force has bombarded mountainous areas throughout night from Friday to Saturday to destroy jihadi positions affiliated with ISIS in norrn Sinai.
Amid global turmoil and inánime condemnation of international leaders, Egypt attends this Saturday amid tears to victims ' funerals in bloodiest terrorist attack in its modern history. The direct attack on a mosque full of worshippers is an escalation in barbarism of jihadism, which has already lost its territorial base in Syria and Iraq, and whose militants roam without fixed bases on border between two countries or by deserts of Libya and Sina Here.
Since army overthrew in July 2013 President Mohamed Morsi, a member of Muslim Brorhood, Sinai has become main focus of violence in Egypt. On western border with Libya, re are also jihadist groups that maintain allegiance to Al Qaeda, such as Ansaaro Islam. The militiamen of Sinai Province, local subsidiary of ISIS, have multiplied attacks on military and police and attack on civilians working for state in order to sow terror in region.
The Sinai was semidesmilitarizadoed after departure of troops of Israel, by ending invasion of peninsula that maintained between 1967 and Peace Agreements of 1979, when Government of Cairo recognized Hebrew state. The region's jihadists pledged allegiance to Islamic State (ISIS) at end of 2014 and established so-called Sinai Province of caliphate on peninsula bordering Israel and Gaza — by Rafah crossing — and with Sue's channel Z.
Tourists in Cairo and Nile Valley, as well as Coptic Christian community — in which more than a hundred deaths have been recorded during year in sectarian attacks — have also been subject of terrorist attacks. Two years ago, a Russian plane with 224 occupants on board crashed in Sinai because of an explosion when it had just taken off from tourist town of Sharm El Sheikh, on shores of Red Sea. There were no survivors.
Last February, Christians from El Arish region fled in mass, where attack on mosque took place on Thursday, following a wave of attacks on ir communities. The jihadists of ISIS also decapitated a local Sufi sheikh last year, who was accused of heresy and practising magic, according to Agence France Presse. Many followers of Sufism have been abducted by groups linked to ISIS and are only released after declaring in public that y repent and renounce ir beliefs. The Sinai Peninsula is declared a military security zone, where media have vetoed access.