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Egypt: Devout Muslims murder 235 in Sufi mosque

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We’re constantly admonished that the principal victims of jihad terror attacks are Muslims. This is part of the Muslim victimhood narrative. The implication is that because the victims are Muslims, the terrorists aren’t really Muslim, but are twisting and hijacking the religion of peace.

The reality is that Islam has death penalties for heresy and apostasy. So one Muslim group is likely to think that another group is heretical, and deserves to be killed. The people who carried out this massacre were almost certainly pious and devout Muslims who thought that they were serving Allah and pleasing him by leaving a trail and blood and dead bodies in their wake — because the victims were the wrong kind of Muslims.

This is the savagery that the left is intent on bringing into the U.S. There have already been Sunni-Shi’a conflicts in the U.S. Those attacks, and attacks on Sufis like this one, are in our future.

“Egypt hunts for killers after mosque attack leaves at least 235 dead,” by Ian Lee, Laura Smith-Spark and Hamdi Alkhshali, CNN, November 24, 2017:

(CNN)The Egyptian military kicked off a hunt for the attackers of a Sufi mosque in the northern Sinai, a military source said, combing the area of Friday’s assault that killed at least 235 people — thought to be the deadliest terror attack on the country’s soil.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi vowed to respond to the attack on al Rawdah mosque with “brute force.” Some 109 others were injured, Egyptian state media reported.
No one has claimed responsibility, but the strike bears the hallmarks of an attack by ISIS.
The mosque is known as the birthplace of an important Sufi cleric. Sufism is a mystical branch of Islam that some ultra-orthodox Muslims consider heretical.
Key developments
Coordinated attack: Gunmen fired on people fleeing after explosions took place at the mosque between Bir al-Abed and the city of al-Arish. The attackers also opened fire on ambulances, witnesses said.
The target: The mosque is known for being the birthplace of Sheikh Eid al-Jariri, a Sufi cleric considered the founder of Sufism in the Sinai Peninsula.
Egypt’s reaction: The President vowed to restore security and avenge those killed.
‘Ambush’ followed blasts
Blasts from improvised explosive devices caused considerable damage to the mosque, Ahram Online said.
The attack started when an explosive went off in a building adjacent to the mosque, and gunmen fired at worshippers as they fled, eyewitnesses told CNN.
Ashraf Abu Salem 27, said gunmen then went inside the mosque to fire at people. Entering the mosque afterward, he said the bodies looked as if people had been shot in the back. His clothes were stained with the blood of the injured he helped to carry out, but he was unharmed.
The gunmen had set up “ambush” locations and opened fire on ambulances as they were transporting wounded worshippers to al-Arish before the arrival of security services, eyewitnesses reported.
Photos from inside the mosque showed what appeared to be bodies lined up in rows on the carpet.
Osama, who didn’t want his last name used, drove one of the first ambulances to the scene. He said he turned around after shots were fired at the vehicle. Ambulances from al-Arish managed to reach the mosque only after security forces secured the road, he said.
The attackers used automatic weapons, said Diaa Rashwan, the chairman of the state information service. Some victims were also killed by the explosions.

Three days of national mourning

In a short, televised speech after meeting with security officials, Sisi said, “We will respond to this act with brute force against these terrorists. This terrorist act will strengthen our resolve, steadfastness and will to stand up to, resist and battle against terrorism.”
The presidency has declared three days of national mourning.
“Egypt is facing terrorism on behalf of the region and the world,” Sisi said.
Sisi met with several of his top ministers, according to the Ministry of Interior Facebook page. He affirmed his confidence that Egypt is capable of winning the war against terrorism and eradicating it, a spokesman said.
Sisi has expressed concern recently that as ISIS militants flee Iraq and Syria they will come to Egypt.
Ahmed Al-Tayeb, a top Sunni imam, told a nationwide television audience that the Al-Azhar Mosque supports the country’s leadership and the military against the terrorism groups,
which he said have a false understanding of Islam.
He said the terrorists killed innocent people, did not distinguish between children, youth or elders, and the attack was a war crime.
Hints of ISIS responsibility
There is no word yet on what happened to the militants involved.
Egyptian security forces face almost daily attacks from ISIS-aligned militants, whom they have been battling in northern Sinai for years. However, mosque attacks are relatively rare in Egypt.
In October 2015, 224 people were killed when a bomb brought down a Russian passenger jet that crashed in the Sinai Peninsula. ISIS’ affiliate in Egypt claimed that attack….

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