Explosive was planted near Al-Rowda mosque in the restive North Sinai and went off during Friday prayers.
At least 85 people were killed and 80 more wounded when suspected militants targeted a mosque in Egypt’s north Sinai with a bomb and gunfire, MENA state news agency said on Friday, citing an official source.
Eyewitnesses reported ambulances ferrying casualties from the scene to nearby hospitals after the attack on Al Rawdah mosque in Bir al-Abed, west of Arish city. The gunmen opened fire on worshippers during the Friday prayers and also on the people fleeing out from the mosque after the explosion.
President Abdel Fattah al Sisi convened an emergency security meeting soon after the attack, state television reported.
Egypt’s security forces are battling an Islamic State insurgency in north Sinai, where militants have killed hundreds of police and soldiers since fighting there intensified over the last three years.
Militants have mostly targeted security forces in their attacks, but have also tried to expand beyond the peninsula by hitting Egyptian Christian churches and pilgrims.
The bomb was planted near Al-Rowda mosque in Al-Arish and went off during prayers.