1040 GMT March 19, 2018
No group has claimed responsibility for Friday’s mosque attack when terrorists gunned down worshippers, but Egyptian forces have been battling a Daesh affiliate for more than three years in North Sinai, where terrorists have killed hundreds of police and soldiers, Reuters reported.
“It is your responsibility to secure and stabilize Sinai within the next three months,” Sisi said addressing his new chief of staff in a speech, without giving details on any operations. “You can use all brute force necessary.”
Authorities say gunmen carrying a Daesh flag opened fire inside the mosque after setting off an explosive, shooting worshippers as they fled and killing more than 300 people in the worst terror attack in Egypt’s modern history.
The Sinai Province Daesh branch, which was announced by former members from a local terror group in 2014, has claimed some of the deadliest attacks in Egypt. It has become one of the group’s last holdouts after military defeats in Iraq and Syria.
North Sinai has long been a security headache for Egypt because of smuggling and is a strategic region because of its sensitive borders.