EGYPT: PRES SISI GIVES MILITARY ORDER TO SECURE THE SINAI WITHIN THREE MONTHS

CAIRO, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered his military command to use all force necessary to secure the Sinai peninsula within the next three months following a militant attack on a mosque that killed more than 300 people.

It is your responsibility to secure and stabilize Sinai within the next three months, Sisi said addressing his new chief of staff in a speech, without giving details on any operations. You can use all brute force necessary.

No group has claimed responsibility for Friday’s mosque attack, but Egyptian forces have been battling a stubborn Daesh affiliate in the North Sinai for more than three years and militants have killed hundreds of police and soldiers.

The attack took place after the mosque’s preacher started his speech, when the terrorists threw bombs from the windows and doors of the mosque, besieging the worshippers inside, the statement said.

Later, some masked men, carrying black flags reading “There is no God but Allah and Mohammed is his prophet,” broke into the mosque with automatic weapons, it added.

Some of the worshippers were Sufis, members of Islam’s mystical movement, whom groups such as the Daesh consider as “infidels.”

North Sinai province, a mostly desert area bordering Israel and the Palestinian Gaza Strip, has been experiencing waves of anti-security attacks that killed hundreds of police and army men since the army-led ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 in response to mass protests against his rule.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK