Trump renews call for 'ban' after deadly attack in Egypt

Trump renews call for 'ban' after deadly attack in Egypt

The Islamic State group's Egypt branch has killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers, and also civilians accused of working with the authorities, in attacks in the north of the Sinai peninsula, over the years.

View of the Rawda mosque after a gun and bombing attack on November 24, 2017.

The attackers used automatic weapons, said Diaa Rashwan, the chairman of the state information service.

North Sinai, which stretches from the Suez Canal eastwards to the Gaza Strip and Israel, has always been a security headache for Egyptian security forces because of smuggling.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi vowed to respond to the attack on al Rawdah mosque with "brute force". "India resolutely supports the fight against all forms of terrorism and stands with the people as well as Government of Egypt".

Earlier in the day, Trump described the attack as "horrible and cowardly" and its victims as "innocent and defenseless worshipers".

British Ambassador to Egypt John Casson deplored the terrorist attack that targeted innocent worshipers.

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman strongly denounced the killing of the worshippers as "a coward terrorist action that killed honest secured people in one of God's houses".

He added in his tweet "The world can not tolerate terrorism, we must defeat them militarily and discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence".

US Vice President Mike Pence also took to the micro-blogging site to express grief and emphasised that one can not allow terror forces to win. Our condolences & prayers are with the victims & their families. "This terrorist act will strengthen our resolve, steadfastness and will to stand up to, resist and battle against terrorism".

Worshippers were finishing Friday prayers at the mosque when a bomb exploded, witnesses said.

President of Evangelical Church in Egypt Andrea Zaki condemned the terrorist attack, saying it aims at destabilizing the security and stability in Egypt.

According to local media, supporters of Egyptian security forces were the primary target of the attack, as they were reportedly praying at the mosque. ISIS' affiliate in Egypt claimed that attack.

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