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

Militants attacked a crowded mosque during Friday prayers in the Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 200 people in the deadliest ever attack on Egyptian civilians by Islamic extremists.

State media showed images of bloodied victims and bodies covered in blankets inside the Al Rawdah mosque in Bir al-Abed, west of El Arish, the main city in North Sinai.

At least 230 people were killed when terrorists detonated a bomb and gunned down worshippers in the North Sinai region.

"There is no difference between terrorism harming Egypt and terrorism harming other countries".

The gunmen had set up "ambush" locations and opened fire on ambulances as they were transporting wounded worshippers to al-Arish before the arrival of security services, eyewitnesses reported. The state news agency MENA put the death toll at 235.

"What is happening is an attempt to stop us from our efforts in the fight against terrorism, to destroy our efforts to stop the bad criminal plan that aims to destroy what is left of our region", Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said.

The president said that Egypt will stand strong in the face of terrorism, and will continue its war against it.

Smoke rises after an airstrike in the Sinai city of Rafah as seen from Gaza
Smoke rises after an airstrike in the Sinai city of Rafah as seen from Gaza

North Sinai, which stretches from the Suez Canal eastwards to the Gaza Strip and Israel, has always been a security headache for Egyptian security forces because of smuggling.

Leaders around the world condemned the mosque attack.

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".

"Horrible and cowardly terrorist attack on innocent and defenseless worshipers in Egypt".

Prime Minister of United Kingdom Theresa May called the attacks "sickening" "evil" and "cowardly". "My honest condolences to all those affected by such a barbaric act". We can not & will not allow terrorists to win.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called "for those responsible for today's horrific attack to be swiftly brought to justice".