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Egypt Attackers Hoisted Islamic State Flag

  • Death toll climbs to 305 in attack on mosque in north Sinai
  • Egypt’s military has launched strikes against the militants
The Rawda mosque after the attack on Nov. 24.

The Rawda mosque after the attack on Nov. 24.

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Egypt raised its security alert to the highest level on Saturday as it emerged that the Islamic State may have been behind a mosque attack in the restive north Sinai in which more than 300 people died, the most lethal single assault in the country’s recent history.

Hours after the midday attack on Friday, the military said it launched overnight airstrikes that destroyed vehicles believed to have been used in the gun and bomb attack on the mosque west of the city of Al-Arish. There has been no claim of responsibility, but analysts said it bore the hallmark of an Islamic State affiliate that operates in the area and highlighted the challenges President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi faces restoring security and reviving economic growth after years of upheaval since the 2011 Arab uprisings.