Trump Condemns 'Horrible And Cowardly' Terrorist Slaughter At Egyptian Mosque

Trump Condemns 'Horrible And Cowardly' Terrorist Slaughter At Egyptian Mosque

Trump Condemns 'Horrible And Cowardly' Terrorist Slaughter At Egyptian Mosque

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has vowed to avenge victims of the brutal attack in the country's restive Sinai Peninsula, one of worst terror attacks in the nation's recent history.

The border was scheduled to reopen for three days to allow travel from both sides, the agency said.

A Health Ministry official told Al Jazeera TV that "there were many people inside the mosque - it's only a small mosque".

The attack targeted a mosque frequented by Sufis, members of Islam's mystical movement, in the north Sinai town of Bir al-Abd.

The explosion was followed by gunfire from unknown militants who stationed ahead of the mosque's gates.

British Ambassador to Egypt John Casson deplored the terrorist attack that targeted innocent worshipers.

"Strongly condemn the barbaric terrorist attack on a place of worship in Egypt".

In March 19 2016 13 Egyptians policemen were killed by ISIL-SP during an attack in the El-Arish checkpoint, Arish is the largest city in Sinai. Although have already been a prime target of terrorism over the past years, India condemned the mosque attack, saying the "heinous" terror act is a "stark reminder of the need to develop a global strategy to fight terrorism".

The president further promised that Egypt's army and policemen will shortly reestablish control and security, asserting, "we will respond to this terrorist attack vigorously".

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".

"We stand with Egyptians in their war against terrorism and against anyone who tries to harm the Egyptian national security", Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said in a statement. "My honest condolences to all those affected by such a barbaric act". The attackers also fired upon the ambulances, eye witnesses claimed.

Striking at a mosque would be a change in tactics for the Sinai militants, who have usually attacked troops and police and Christian churches.

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