by Taylor Bailey – Staff Writer
Sinai is a triangular peninsula in Egypt that lies between Asia, Africa, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Red Sea. On Nov. 24, during daily prayers in an Egyptian mosque in Sinai, tragedy struck. In the deadliest terrorist attack in modern Egypt and one of the largest attacks worldwide, 305 people were killed and 125 were injured in a town with a population of roughly 800 people. The mosque of the attack had people in it who were praying for Sufism.
According to The New York Times, the Militants detonated a bomb inside the mosque and then unloaded a barrage of gunfire as the people fled. There were believed to be anywhere from 25 to 30 militants that executed the attack. The reportedly shot at cars to prevent people from getting away and even shot at ambulances.
CNN has stated while no group has claimed responsibility for this terrorist attack, the militants was reportedly carrying ISIS flags. People across the world were shocked by the militants’ choice of target. Not just because it was in a mosque but because the militants targeted Muslims. Experts believe that ISIS sees Sufism as a “mystical” form of Islam, or in other words, a “threat” to Islam.
The mosque has put Egypt on the edge. They have decided to take actions on those who have done them wrong. The Egyptian military has ordered airstrikes on militants fleeing the town. The President of Egypt did respond to this terrorist attack by promising to avenge those who perished that day by using what he calls “brute force”. He also restated that only he can guarantee Egypt’s safety. President Trump also responded to the attack, tweeting that the attack was “tragic”. Trump also used the attack as a chance to promote the border wall and travel ban tweeting: “We have to get TOUGHER AND SMARTER than ever before.”