A terror attack in Egypt just yesterday has resulted in at least 235 dead and many injured when a bomb was detonated.
The remaining people fled outside to what they thought was safety instead to be met with gunfire. The terrorist also attempted to prevent people from running away by setting off car bombs and even using cars to create roadblocks.
This is a level of organization I feel we haven’t seen in quite some time. While ISIS may be dwindling down in their power and control, there can be no doubt that there are still supporters of the organization or even those with the same frame of mind.
As reported by Daily Mail:
An improvised explosive device (IED) is believed to have been used before it was followed up with machine gun fire from multiple gunmen using four off-road vehicles.
A witness said: ‘They were shooting at people as they left the mosque.
‘They were shooting at the ambulances, too.’
Some reports have claimed the bomb was set off in the children’s kindergarten area of the mosque before the terrorists – in military uniforms and wielding black flags – slaughtered those who fled.
Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (pictured) has vowed to respond to the attack with ‘brute force’
They added that IS militants had blocked escape routes from the area by blowing up cars and leaving the burning wrecks blocking the roads.
Another report claims that terrorists wearing suicide vests hid among the people at the mosque before detonating the bombs, but this remains unconfirmed.
MP Mustafa Bakri branded the situation ‘catastrophic’ on Twitter.
He added: ‘The terrorists wore masks and surrounded the mosque during prayers, and terrorists wearing belts were hidden among the worshippers.’
A tribal leader and head of a Bedouin militia that fights Islamic State said that the mosque is known as a place of gathering for Sufis.
The Islamic State group shares the puritan Salafi view of Sufis as heretics for seeking the intercession of saints.
MENA reported that Egypt’s president declared a three-day mourning period for the attack, as President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi convened a high-level meeting of security officials.
An angry President al-Sisi pledged to respond with ‘brutal force’ against militants who massacred at least 235 people at a mosque during weekly prayers on Friday.