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Sinai mosque massacre: What we know

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The attackers reportedly planted explosives and then opened fire on worshippers [Amr Nabil/AP]
The attackers reportedly planted explosives and then opened fire on worshippers [Amr Nabil/AP]

Armed attackers killed at least 235 people in a mosque in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, according to state media. The attack, which took place in the town of Bir al-Abed, about 40km west of the provincial capital of North Sinai, El Arish, happened shorty after Friday prayers.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi called the attack "criminal" and "cowardly" in a televised statement on Friday.

Hours after the attack, Egyptian warplanes took to the skies, targeting the mountainous areas around Bir al-Abed.

Here is what we know so far.

What happened?

During the Friday prayers at a Sufi mosque in Bir al-Abed, North Sinai, four 4WD vehicles drove up to the mosque. Reports said the attackers planted explosives and then opened fire on worshippers.

The attackers next targeted fleeing worshipers with gunfire.

At least 235 people were killed and 120 wounded, according to Egyptian state media. It was the deadliest attack of this kind in Egypt's history.

Images circulating on Twitter and shown on Egyptian TV showed dozens of bodies covered in blood, lying on the floor of the mosque.

Most of their faces were covered with white cloths, while other bodies were wrapped in prayer rugs. Some men and women could be seen next to the bodies.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/11/sinai-mosque-massacre-171124200523928.html

Edited by Ashvazdanghe

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