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Egypt: More than 200 killed in mosque attack

Published:Friday | November 24, 2017 | 1:17 PM
This photo released by Egypt's Presidency shows Abdel-Fattah El-Sissi (centre) meeting with officials in Cairo after militants attacked a crowded mosque during Friday prayers in the Sinai Peninsula. – AP Photo

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP):
Egyptian state news agency MENA is reporting that the death toll from an attack on a mosque in the volatile northern Sinai Peninsula has risen to 235 people killed.

The attack appeared to be the latest by the area's local Islamic State affiliate. The news agency added that 109 people had been wounded.

The attack on the al-Rawdah mosque, largely attended by Sufi Muslims, in the town of Bir al-Abd, 40 km (25 miles) from the North Sinai provincial capital of El-Arish.

Officials said militants in four off-road vehicles bombed the mosque and fired on worshippers during the sermon segment of Friday prayers.