President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday sent condolences to the government of Egypt over the attacks on a mosque in North Sinai that left at least 235 people dead after Juma’at prayers.
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President condemned the “dastardly act” on innocent worshippers.
The President said the attack further reinforced his position that terrorism had no relationship or respect for any religion, and should be visited with the full wrath of the law.
The statement read in part, “The President reiterates that the workable panacea to such mindless and irresponsible attacks on citizens would be a global joint action that continually shares intelligence, simulates scenarios and regularly updates on both local and international threats.
“President Buhari prays that the almighty God will receive the souls of the departed, and comfort the families of those directly affected.”
Quoting local media, CNN had confirmed the 235 death toll on Friday following the terrorist attack in which 109 were also injured.
According to CNN, the attack began with two explosions. Gunmen were said to have positioned themselves outside the mosque, shelling worshippers as they attempted to flee the Al Rawdah Mosque.
The terrorists were said to have shot at the ambulances conveying the wounded worshippers as they passed by.
The CNN said on Friday that no one had claimed responsibility for the attack suspected to have been carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria otherwise known as ISIS.
A spokesperson for the Egyptian health ministry, Khalid Mujahid, described the incident as a “terrorist attack” while the country’s President, Abdel Fatah el-Sisi, was said to have summoned a meeting of the nation’s security committee to discuss repercussions of the attack, CNN said, quoting local media.
The Egyptian government had also declared three days of national mourning.