Suspected militants have targeted a mosque in the north of Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, with reports of gunfire and explosions. Scores have been killed, according to state media.
Militants were reported to have set off a bomb and opened fire at a mosque in Egypt’s restive northern Sinai on Friday, apparently targeting supporters of the security forces attending prayers there.
State media said at least 85 people were killed in the attack on the Al Rawdah mosque, some 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of the provincial capital, Arish city.
Eyewitnesses reported seeing men in four off-road vehicles arrive at the scene to carry out the attack. They were seen to plant explosives around the mosque which were detonated as worshippers left. The attackers were then said to have opened fire at those who fled.
State television said President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi had convened an emergency security meeting soon after the attack.
Some 80 people people were wounded, according to Egypt’s MENA state news agency. The Egyptian government declared three days of mourning in the wake of the attack.
Egyptian security forces are fighting an Islamic State (IS) insurgency in northern Sinai, with militants having killed hundreds of police and soldiers over the past three years as fighting there intensified.
Militants in the area have also targeted the followers of the mystical Sufi branch of Sunni Islam, as well as Coptic Christians.