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85 killed, 80 wounded in mosque attack in Egypt's Sinai

Society 24.11.2017 | 16:16
Photo: Internet
Photo: Internet

CAIRO, 24 November (BelTA - Xinhua) - The death toll in an attack on Friday on a mosque in Egypt's North Sinai province rose to 85, official news agency MENA reported.

At least 80 others were wounded when suspected militants attacked the mosque, the report said. Earlier report said at least 54 people were killed and 75 others injured in the attack.

An explosive device planted outside the mosque near Arish city went off, before militants opened fire at the prayers, an official security source told Xinhua.

The attack occurred in the village of Rawda in Beir el-Abad, 40 km from Arish, the source added.

Some 50 ambulances rushed to the scene after the attack. Most of the wounded were transferred to the Arish Hospital for treatment.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi will chair a meeting of the security committee on the attack, MENA quoted presidential sources as saying.

The meeting will be attended by the ministers of defense and interior in addition to the heads of general intelligence and military intelligence services, the report said.

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