At least 85 people were killed and dozens of others wounded after militants targeted a mosque in Egypt’s north Sinai with a bomb and gunfire on Friday, the Mena state news agency said, 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.
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi convened an emergency security meeting soon after the attack, state television reported.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but Egypt’s security forces are battling an ISIL insurgency in north Sinai. 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.