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    Egypt Mosque Attackers Carried Daesh Flag, Death Toll Reaches 305 - Prosecutor

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    Egypt's President Sisi has vowed a tough response to the deadly bombing, with the country's Air Force eliminating militants involved in the terrorist attack.

    Egypt's chief prosecutor's office has revealed details of the Rawda mosque terrorist attack during Friday prayers, saying that there were some 25-30 militants involved in the crime, with gunmen carrying a Daesh flag, state-run MENA news agency reported.

    According to the chief prosecutor, Nabil Sadeq, militants, who arrived at the mosque in the town of Bir al-Abd in five all-terrain vehicles, stationed themselves at the building's main door and windows before opening fire on the worshippers inside.

    The death toll in the explosion and gunfire in a mosque on the northern Sinai Peninsula in Egypt has risen to 305 killed, including 27 children, while 128 others were injured, the prosecutor's statement said.

    Egypt's Response to Deadly Mosque Attack

    While the country's authorities have declared a three-day mourning period after the deadly attack, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi vowed to respond with "brutal force" against militants, adding that "the army and police will avenge our martyrs and return security and stability with force in the coming short period."

    Following Sisi's announcement, local media reported on Friday that Egyptian drones eliminated 15 militants who were involved in the terrorist attack in the Al Rawdah mosque, located to the west of the city of Arish, with the country's Air Force destroying terrorist positions and military equipment the following day.

    READ MORE: Explosion Rocks Mosque in Egypt's Northern Sinai, Killing Hundreds (PHOTO)

    At the same time, "all the forces of the whole northern Sinai Peninsula have been mobilized in search of the attackers," according to a Sputnik source in the Egyptian security forces.

    No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet, however, Egypt has been fighting a jihadist insurgency in the northern Sinai Peninsula since the army overthrew then-President Mohamed Morsi in 2013. The militants on the Sinai pledged allegiance to the Daesh terrorist group in 2014, and have claimed responsibility for a number of deadly attacks in the region since then.


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