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235 killed in deadliest attack in Egypt’s Sinai, President Sisi holds emergency meeting

At least 235 people were killed as militants set off a bomb and opened fire on people attending Friday prayers at a mosque in Egypt’s restive northern Sinai, state media said.

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The blast occurred in the al-Rawda village, west of el-Arish, shortly during Friday prayers.

The gunmen opened fire on worshippers during the Friday prayers and also on the people fleeing out from the mosque after the explosion, local media reported.

However, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. The assault is the deadliest yet in the region where Egyptian security forces, for three years, have battled an Islamic State insurgency that has killed hundreds of police and soldiers.

Egypt’s North Sinai has witnessed many violent attacks by militants since the January, 2011 revolution that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak.

The attacks targeting police and military only increased after the ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 by military following massive protests against his rule.

The military has launched a massive campaign in the area targeting terrorists.