Islamic Extremism Rocks Egypt, At Least 307 Killed
Islamic Militants stormed into a mosque in North Sinai on Friday, setting off explosions and gunning down worshipers as they tried to flee. At least 235 people have been killed in what became the deadliest attack in Egypt’s history, according to state media.
No group immediately claimed responsibility, but Egypt has been plagued with an upflow of Islamic State members which caused the 2017 Palm Sunday Bombing that led to the death of 45 Catholics. Militants have also targeted police and soldiers in the reigon.
State media covered graphic images of wounded victims inside the Al Rawdah mosque in Bir al-Abed of North Sinai.
As Friday prayers had concluded, worshippers were then met with the detonation. Meanwhile, 40 gunmen set up positions outside the mosque with jeeps and opened fire from different directions as people tried to escape.
President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi of Egypt provided an address on state television to offer condolences to the families of the killed and wounded.
“I reiterate my condolences to the families of the martyrs, and my wishes for a recovery of the wounded people,” el-Sissi said on state television. “Once again I tell all Egyptians that this situation, what happened will increase our determination to face terrorism with all our strength.”
El-Sissi’s also said U.S. President Donald Trump offered the his condolences to the country of Egypt.
The President took to Twitter to reinforce his policies on the wall and travel ban in light of the appalling incident abroad.
The circumstances of the North Sinai terrorist attack brings to mind the animosity directed towards Muslims of the same faith as the Jihadi extremist groups. With enough hatred towards Western civilization, Radical Islamic extremism, or the literal interpreters of the Qu’ran, are targeting those that misinterpret the meaning of their doctrine and the legend of the Prophets before them pitted against the infidels.
Intolerance runs deep in the Middle East; the presence of Islamic terror and laws that violate human rights can only be salvaged through a war of ideas.