At least 235 people were killed Friday while worshiping at a mosque in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, according to multiple news reports.
Locals from the town of Bir al-Abd said that militants set off an explosion outside Al Rawda mosque and then began gunning down people as they ran outside.
“The mosque would have been packed. It was frequented by the town’s residents, and on Fridays, travelers on the road often stopped to pray there,” the Washington Post reported.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the violence. Most of the victims, the New York Times reported, were Sufi Muslims, a branch of the Muslim faith that the militant ISIS has long attacked as heretical.