75 feared dead as militants attack mosque in Egypt  

75 feared dead as militants attack mosque in Egypt  

Sinani (Eqypt):  Dozens died after the bomb and gun attack in Sinai province in Egypt today. At least 75 people were wounded, a health ministry spokesperson said.

Suspected militants set off a bomb and opened fire at the mosque, targeting supporters of the security forces attending prayers there, two eyewitnesses and a security source said.

Witnesses said survivors fleeing the original blast were attacked by gunmen lying in wait.

No casualty figures were immediately available from the attack but eyewitnesses reported ambulances ferrying wounded from the scene to nearby hospitals.

Shocking photos show at least 20 bodies lying on the mosque floor covered by blankets.

Thirty ambulances were dispatched to the scene to ferry the wounded to hospital.

Egyptian politician Mustafa Bakri said masked attackers had attacked worshippers.

The attack occurred in Bir al-Abed village in northern Sinai, Egypt The attack took place at Al-Rawdah mosque in the town of Bir al-Abd.

Egypt’s security forces are battling a stubborn Islamic State (ISIS) insurgency in north Sinai, where militants have killed hundreds of police and soldiers since fighting there intensified over the last three years.

Militants have mostly targeted security forces in their attacks, but have also tried to expand beyond the peninsula by hitting Egyptian Christian churches and pilgrims.