'235 dead' after massive suicide bomb attack on Mosque in Egypt

'155 dead' after massive suicide bomb attack on Mosque in Egypt

At attack took place at a mosque killing more than 100 people (Stock image)

Friday, November 24, 2017

More than 200 people are thought to have been killed after a massive suspected suicide attack on a mosque in the Egyptian province of Sinai.

It is believed the incident was both a gun and bomb attack, conducted by militants whilst people were attending the mosque for Friday prayer in al-Rawda near al-Arish.

State media has been quoted as saying 235 have died in the attack, making it the deadliest of of its kind since Islamist insurgency increased in 2013.

Eyewitnesses have said that, after the blast, survivors were shot by gunmen as they tried to flee the scene.

They also claimed the mosque was specifically targeted to kill and maim those who support security forces.

According to AP local police said there were four gunmen, who travelled in four off-road vehicles.

Ambulances have been seen at the scene, taking those affected to hospital.

Some reports claim those who conducted the attack have now fled to the desert.

Emergency talks have been held by Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi with security officials about how best to respond to the attack.