ISIS considers Sufis heretics and deserving of Islam’s death penalty for those who deviate from the faith.
305 people slaughtered, 27 were children.
The terrorists who slaughtered 305 people at a mosque in Egypt yesterday were carrying an ISIS flag and wearing masks, it has been revealed.
Around thirty gunmen created an arena of death around the holy house by blocking off escape routes with burnt-out cars before gunning down the penned-in worshippers in a 20-minute massacre.
The public prosecutor’s office said today the gunmen, wearing masks and military-style uniforms, surrounded blocked windows and a doorway before setting off a bomb and opening fire with automatic rifles.
‘They numbered between 25 and 30, carrying the Daesh flag and took up positions in front of the mosque door and its 12 windows with automatic rifles,’ the statement explained, using an Arabic term for ISIS.
In the meticulously planned attack – the worst Islamist atrocity in Egypt’s modern history – the murderers reportedly gunned down civilians while screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’, causing them to stampede and jump out of windows to escape.
But when the worshippers – many of whom were Sufis, a mystical Islamic sect despised by Sunni jihadists – fled, they were caught in the trap and massacred.
President al-Sisi promised a ‘brutal’ response after the massacre.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi declared three days of mourning will begin today, with a special prayer service starting this morning.
In a televised speech the president pledged to ‘respond with brutal force’, adding that ‘the army and police will avenge our martyrs and return security and stability with force in the coming short period’.
He went on: ‘What is happening is an attempt to stop us from our efforts in the fight against terrorism, to destroy our efforts to stop the terrible criminal plan that aims to destroy what is left of our region.’
Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi vowed to respond to the attack with ‘brute force’
Several hours later Egyptian air force jets destroyed vehicles used in the attack and ‘terrorist’ locations where weapons and ammunition were stocked, an army spokesman said.
Video: Egyptian Warplanes Strike Military Cars After Mosque Attack
The mosque where the massacre occurred is associated with Sufi Muslims, who have frequently been attacked by extremist Sunni jihadists.
They accuse them of polytheism – the greatest sin in Islam – because they seek the intercession of dead saints.
But in much of the Muslim world, Sufism has for centuries been accepted and practised by mainstream Muslims and Sunni Islam’s most important theologians.
The head of Al-Azhar, Egypt’s top Islamic authority, is a Sufi, as are many top clerics in the Muslim world.
They date their practices back to some of Mohammed’s companions and the early generations of ascetics who shunned the increasingly powerful Islamic empire for a life of prayer. DailyMail