【突发】埃及清真寺袭击遇难人数升至305人,包括27名孩童

Updated at 8.50 BJT on Sun.

The death toll from Friday’s deadly mosque attack in North Sinai has risen to 305, including 27 children, according to Egyptian state news agency MENA.

Updated at 13.00 BJT on Sat.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has said that the Friday attack that killed at least 235 people and injured more than 100 others will not go in vain.

The blast occurred in in the al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abd, 25 miles from the North Sinai provincial capital of el-Arish, shortly after Friday prayers.

After the blast, gunmen in four off-road vehicles opened fire on the worshipers.

In a televised statement El-Sisi sent a message of condolence to the families affected by the deadly attack, saying that the "vile and treacherous" act would not pass without a decisive punishment, and that the perpetrators will be brought to justice.

The president gave the speech following a lengthy meeting with a select security committee in the capital Cairo.

No group had claimed responsibility for the attack at the time of the publication of this article.

Updated at 10:40 p.m. BJT 

According to Egypt's state TV, the number of people who died from the mosque attack has reached 200 with the number likely to increase.

Over 130 people were also injured.

Egyptian health ministry spokesman Khalid Mujahid has earlier described the incident as a “terrorist attack" when speaking to a local TV station.

Updated at 10:10 p.m. BJT

The death toll from Friday's mosque attack in northern Sinai has climbed to 184, according to Egyptian state media.

Officials fear the casualties may continue to rise.

Another 125 people were injured in the assault and rushed to local hospitals.

Updated at 9:30 p.m. BJT

At least 155 people were killed, and another 120 injured in Friday's attack, state media reported.

Pictures circulating on the Internet from the scene show rows of bloodied victims lying on the ground inside al-Rawda mosque in northern Sinai.

Egypt has been fighting extremist insurgencies in the Sinai Peninsula in recent years after the military overthrew former President Mohammed Morsi in July 2013.

Updated at 8:50 p.m. BJT

The death toll from the mosque bomb and gun attack has risen to 85, with another 80 people injured, according to Mena state news agency.

The Egyptian government has declared three days of state mourning.

Updated at 8:33 p.m. BJT

At least 54 people were killed and another 75 injured after an explosion rocked al-Rawda mosque in northern Sinai on Friday.

The wounded have been transferred to nearby hospitals.

Armed militants targeted the mosque with a bomb and gunfire during Friday prayers, according to Xinhua News Agency.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

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