Published: Sat, November 25, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Sisi vows to respond with 'brute force' against mosque attackers

Sisi vows to respond with 'brute force' against mosque attackers

The security officers said the men opened fire on worshipers during prayers while driving in off-road vehicles. "The world can not tolerate terrorism, we must defeat them militarily and discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence!" the POTUS tweeted. In September, Trump promoted the travel ban as well as his own accomplishments in response to the deadly terror attack in London.

He said the terrorists killed innocent people, did not distinguish between children, youth or elders, and the attack was a war crime.

There have been a wave of attacks on the country's Coptic Christian minority, but attacks on mosques are rare in Egypt.

Egypt later said it would delay the opening of the Rafah border crossing to Gaza after the attack due to security concerns.

Eyewitnesses reported ambulances ferrying casualties from the scene to nearby hospitals after the attack on Al Rawdah mosque in Bir Al Abed, west of Arish city.

Egypt's security forces are battling an Islamic State insurgency in north Sinai, where militants have killed hundreds of police and soldiers since fighting there intensified over the last three years. Around 40 gunmen set up positions outside the mosque with jeeps and opened fire from different directions as people tried to escape. Islamic militants, including the local affiliate of the Islamic State group, consider Sufis heretics due to their less literal interpretations of the faith.

While the violence isn't seen as threatening the stability of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's government, it has devastated the tourist industry, a vital pillar of an economy that's struggling back to life after years of post-Arab Spring upheaval.

The White House also said in a statement that "the worldwide community must continue to strengthen its efforts to defeat terrorist groups that threaten the United States and our partners and we must collectively discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence". The mosque attack, however, marks a major escalation in the conflict.

Sisi, a former armed forces commander who presents himself as a bulwark against Islamist militancy, convened an emergency meeting with his defence and interior ministers and intelligence chief soon after the attack.

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