EU condemns mosque terror attack in Egypt

Source: Xinhua| 2017-11-25 01:45:12|Editor: yan
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BRUSSELS, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) on Friday denounced the terror attack on a mosque in Egypt which killed 235 people.

"No one should be killed because of their religion, no sacred place should be profaned by violence and terrorism. People of all religions...are united in the fight against terrorist violence," Federica Mogherini, EU foreign policy chief, said in a statement.

"Perpetrators of such unbearable acts must be held responsible," she said, adding that the EU "will continue to stand with the Egyptian authorities and people as they confront the threat from terrorism."

The death toll in an attack on Friday on a mosque in Egypt's North Sinai province rose to 235, Egypt's state TV reported.

At least 109 others were wounded when suspected militants attacked the mosque, the report said. An earlier report said at least 115 people were killed in the attack.

An explosive device planted outside the mosque near Arish city went off before militants opened fire at the prayers, an official security source told Xinhua.

The attack occurred in the village of Rawda in Beir el-Abad, 40 km from Arish, the source added.