At least 235 killed in blast at Egypt mosque, 130 injured
At least 235 people were killed and 130 more injured in a huge blast during Friday prayers in northern Sinai in Egypt, initial reports suggest.
ABC News reports that a local resident present at the Beir El-Abd hospital, which received victims in the aftermath, described the wounded arriving via ambulance and private car at a rate beyond the capacity of the hospital, which is 25 to 30 miles away from the targeted mosque. The resident added that urgent cases are being sent to another hospital in Ismailia, almost 75 miles away.
Eyewitness said that the attack began with a suicide bombing, followed by an attack by gunmen on the ground involving militants in four pickup trucks.
The group attacked ambulances arriving on the scene to treat the wounded, the eyewitness said, according to ABC.
U.S. President Donald Trump commented on the attack via Twitter Friday morning, writing that it was a "horrible and cowardly terrorist attack on innocent and defenseless worshipers."
Horrible and cowardly terrorist attack on innocent and defenseless worshipers in Egypt. The world cannot tolerate terrorism, we must defeat them militarily and discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2017
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