Trump Responds to Egypt Terror Attack That Killed Over 230 People

Posted November 25, 2017

Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili: "Our most honest condolences to the families of victims, the Government and the people of Egypt and everyone affected by the heinous attack on the mosque in Sinai".

Egyptian security forces face nearly daily attacks from ISIS-aligned militants, whom they have been battling in northern Sinai for years.

US President Donald Trump: "Horrible and cowardly terrorist attack on innocent and defenseless worshipers in Egypt".

In a statement afterward, el-Sissi said the attack "will not go unpunished" and that Egypt will persevere with its war on terrorism.

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The Al Rawdah mosque after the attack which left many killed

Coordinated attack: Gunmen fired on people fleeing after explosions took place at the mosque between Bir al-Abed and the city of al-Arish.

Arabiya news channel and some local sources said some of the worshippers were Sufis, whom groups such as ISIS consider targets because they revere saints and shrines, which for Islamists is tantamount to idolatry.

Police officers told the Associated Press that men in four off-road vehicles shot at worshipers who were at the al-Rawdah mosque for Friday prayers.

The Sinai branch is one of Islamic State's surviving branches following the collapse of its self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq after military defeats by US -backed forces.

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The White House also said in a statement that "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".

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has vowed to avenge victims of the brutal attack in the country's restive Sinai Peninsula, one of worst terror attacks in the nation's recent history.

Egypt's General Prosecutor released an official statement on Friday evening, confirming that death toll of the Al-Rawaady mosque bombing reached 235 and left 109 others injured.

Sisi has support from some Bedouin tribal leaders, who have helped the army locate weapon-smuggling routes used by jihadi groups, security officials said.

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The Islamic group Ansar Bait al-Maqdis [Supporters of the Holy House], that placed Jerusalem as its' focus, carried out a large attack in October 24 2014 in the Bedouin town of Sheikh Zuweid. Militants have killed hundreds of police and soldiers since fighting there intensified over the last three years.

Islamic militants stepped up their campaign of violence in northern Sinai after the military ousted the Muslim Brotherhood from power in 2013.

For his part, Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria, the Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church, condemned the terrorist attack, expressing solidarity with the victims of terror in Egypt.

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