Egypt : mosque attack kills at least 235 people

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People walk outside a mosque that was attacked in the northern city of Arish, Sinai

At least 235 people have been killed after suspected militants set off a bomb and opened fire at a mosque in Egypt’s restive northern Sinai province.

The attack on Friday targeted supporters of the security forces attending prayers there, two eyewitnesses and a security source said.

Eyewitnesses at Al Rawdah mosque in Bir al-Abed, near Arish city, told local media ambulances rushed to take the wounded to nearby hospitals.

Around 40 gunmen set up positions outside the mosque with jeeps and opened fire from different directions as people tried to escape.

“Four groups of armed men attacked the worshippers inside the mosque after Friday noon prayers. Two groups were firing at ambulances to deter them.

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