Cairo: Egypt’s chief prosecutor said the attack on a Sinai mosque has killed 305 people, including 27 children. In a statement, Nabil Sadeq said the attack that occurred a day earlier also left 126 people wounded.
Mr. Sadeq said the attack was carried out by 25-30 militants, who arrived at the mosque in the small town of Bir al-Abd in five all-terrain vehicles. They stationed themselves at the mosque’s main door and 12 windows before opening fire on the worshippers inside. They also torched seven parked outside.
There was no claim of responsibility for the attack, the deadliest by extremists in Egypt’s modern history. Millions of Egyptians practice Sufi rituals auch as reciting poetry, dancing and singing as means to be closer to God.
Egyptian warplanes conducted airstrikes on “terrorist outposts” and vehicles following the attack, the military said Saturday.
No one has claimed responsibility, but Friday’s strike bears the hallmarks of an attack by ISIS. Despite the efforts of Egyptian security forces, ISIS maintains a foothold in the north of the Sinai Peninsula and inspires local Islamist extremist groups.