The Heat: Egypt mosque attack

The Heat

Egypt Mosque Attack

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has ordered airstrikes against suspected militants, after a horrendous attack at a mosque in northern Sinai last week.

Two dozen gunmen detonated explosives and opened fire on worshipers during Friday prayers in the Sinai village of Bir al-Abed.

When the gunfire finally stopped – over 300-people were killed, including two dozen children.

It’s been described as the worst terrorist attack in Egypt’s modern history.

On Wednesday, the Egyptian president gave his security forces a three-month deadline to restore security and stability in northern Sinai.

CGTN’s Adel el-Mahrouky reports from Cairo.

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To discuss all of this:

  • Khaled Dawoud, professor at the American University in Cairo and deputy editor-in-chief at Al-Ahram Weekly.
  • Abdel Bari Atwan, the Editor-in-Chief of Rai al-Youm, an Arabic independent newspaper.
  • Graeme Bannerman, a former Middle East Analyst with the U.S. State Department.