Militants have launched a bomb and gun attack on a mosque in Egypt's North Sinai province, killing 235 people, and wounding over 100. The al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed was targeted during Friday prayers. Witnesses said dozens of gunmen arrived in off-road vehicles and bombed the packed mosque before opening fire on worshippers as they tried to flee.
The assailants are reported to have set parked vehicles on fire in the vicinity to block off access to the mosque.
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