The Egyptian president has pledged to use brutal force against the militants who massacred a large number of worshippers in an attack in the Sinai Peninsula. Shortly after Sisi’s televised speech, the military began conducting airstrikes on the peninsula.
Warplanes pounded Egyptian city of Rafah as part of Cairo’s anti-terror battle. The government also delayed the opening of the Egypt-Gaza Rafah border crossing citing security concerns. The mosque attack involving a bomb blast and a shooting spree left at least 235 people dead and scores of others injured during the Friday prayers. Reports say 44 armed assailants were involved in the act of terrorism at al-Rawdah Mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed. Egypt declared three days of national mourning following the attack.