Egypt Sinai mosque attack death toll rises to 305, state news agency reports
The death toll in a devastating militant attack on a mosque on Friday in Egypt’s North Sinai has risen to 305 folks, together with 27 youngsters, in accordance to the nation’s state news agency.
As the official death toll rose on Saturday morning, extra particulars emerged of the attack, the deadliest by Islamist extremists in Egypt’s trendy historical past.
Witnesses stated 4 off-road autos carrying armed males arrived on the al-Rawdah mosque simply because the midday sermon was about to begin.
The fundamental cleric on the mosque, Sheikh Mohamed Abdel Fatah Zowraiq, stated not less than a dozen attackers charged in, opening fireplace randomly.
He stated there have been additionally explosions. Officials cited by the state news agency MENA stated the attackers fired rocket-propelled grenades in addition to machine weapons, and shot folks as they tried to run from the constructing.
Three cops on the scene stated the militants additionally minimize off escape routes and impeded these attempting to get into Bir al-Abed to cease the attack by blocking roads with burning vehicles.
Abdullah Abdel-Nasser, 14, who was attending prayers along with his father, stated the taking pictures started simply because the cleric was about to begin his sermon, sending panicked worshippers dashing to conceal behind concrete columns or no matter shelter they may discover.
At one level, a militant shouted for youngsters to depart, so Abdel-Nasser stated he rushed out, regardless of being wounded within the shoulder by shrapnel and a bullet.
“I saw many people on the floor, many dead. I don’t think anyone survived,” he stated, talking to the Associated Press at a hospital within the Suez Canal metropolis of Ismailia.