Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi vowed to “avenge the martyrs” of the al-Rawdah mosque in the northern Sinai city of El Arish, which witnessed Friday a terrorist attack that killed at least 235 people and wounded 110 others.
“We will respond to this act with brute force against these terrorists. This terrorist act will strengthen our resolve, steadfastness and will to stand up to, resist and battle against terrorism, Sisi said in a short televised address to the nation after meeting with security officials.
The armed forces and the civilian police will avenge our martyrs and restore security and stability with the utmost force. What is happening is an attempt to stop us from our efforts in the fight against terrorism, to destroy our efforts to stop the terrible criminal plan that aims to destroy what is left of our region,” said the president, adding: “Egypt is facing terrorism on behalf of the region and the world.”
Sisi declared three days of national morning. He also offered condolences to all Egyptian people and families of the victims in the Sinai peninsula and wished the wounded a speedy recovery.
An official source put the final death toll, from the assault that thought to be the deadliest terror attack on Egypt’s soil, at 235, with at least 110 others wounded.
Source: International Islamic News Agency