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Arkansas Mosque Pays Fines For Man Who Helped Vandalize Its Building

Arkansas Mosque Pays Fines For Man Who Helped Vandalize Its BuildingHisham Yasin, social director of the Masjid Al Salam in Fort Smith, told HuffPost on Tuesday that his congregation had forgiven the convicted vandal, Abraham Davis, long ago. The back is gone,” Yasin said.



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Egyptian village where mosque was attacked had been warned

Egyptian village where mosque was attacked had been warnedCAIRO (AP) — Elders of a village in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula where militants killed 305 people in a mosque had been warned by Islamic State operatives to stop collaborating with security forces and to suspend rituals associated with Islam's mystical Sufi movement, security officials and residents said Sunday.



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27 children were among the 305 killed people in Egypt mosque massacre

27 children were among the 305 killed people in Egypt mosque massacreAt least 27 children were among the 305 people killed during a terrorist rampage at a Sinai mosque on Friday, the Egyptian government said as it updated the grim toll of one of the bloodiest attacks since September 11th.  Egypt’s attorney general said that up to 30 gunmen had taken part in the slaughter and that they carried the black banners of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) as they gunned down worshippers during Friday prayers.  Relatives of the victims told The Telegraph that some households in the village of Rawda had lost every single male member of their family. “There is no one in the village who didn’t lose at least one of his relatives,” said Mohammed Sleem, a university student who lost two cousins. .  No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but suspicion has fallen heavily on Isil’s Egyptian affiliate, known as Sinai Province, which has carried out deadly attacks against Egyptian troops and Christians in the area.  The Egyptian military carried out airstrikes in north Sinai in response to the killings but it was not clear if they were acting on specific intelligence or simply trying to make a show of force to reassure the public.  Investigators said Saturday they were still finding bodies in the toilets and other areas as they combed through the grounds of mosque.  Bloodstained floors at the mosque Credit: REUTERS/Mohamed Soliman The village of Rawda is home to around 2,500 people and with almost all of the men at the mosque for prayers nearly every home was in mourning on Saturday.  “Some women lost all their male family members,” said Abdel Qader Mubarak, a village elder. “One woman lost her husband and two sons, and another lost three of her sons. There is no home in Rawda without a martyr. At least 100 families have at least one martyr or at minimum a wounded person.” Mr Mubarak was outside the village on Friday but relayed what happened from what he had heard from survivors. "It was during the Friday sermon, where all men were inside the mosque. About 20-30 armed men surrounded the mosque from outside and some of them entered the mosque. They shut the door behind them. They started to open fire with machine guns and hand grenades. Some of them shot through the windows of the mosque. It was random shooting. Then they left and wandered in the village, whoever was found in the village was shot, then they returned back to the mosque, whoever was found still alive was shot again," he said. People bury victims of the of the Egypt Sinai mosque bombing Credit: Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Nabil Sadeq, the Egyptian prosecutor general, said that between 25 and 30 gunmen had arrived at the mosque on Friday in a convoy of SUVs and had taken up positions at the entrances and exits.     “[The worshippers] heard heavy gunfire outside the mosque and the sound of explosions followed by the entry of a number of people. Some were masked and others were unmasked with thick, wild hair,” Mr Sadeq said.  “They were carrying machine guns and a flag that reads "There is no God but Allah, Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah” and wearing clothes similar to military uniforms,” he said. He officially raised the death toll from an initial count of 235 to 305.  Wreckages of cars are seen after the Egypt Sinai mosque bombing Credit: Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Most of the men at the mosque were Sufis, adherents to a mystic tradition of Islam. Isil considers Sufis to be heretics and has threatened them often. “Your blood is filthy and permissible to shed,” a Sinai Province leader warned Sufis last year in an interview with the Isil magazine Rumiyah.  Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Egypt’s president, said a mausoleum would be built to commemorate the victims of the worst terror attack in Egyptian history.  Egypt’s army released footage of what it said were airstrikes against terrorist outposts in Sinai, which destroyed “quantities of weapons, ammunition, explosive materials and administrative facilities”. Witnesses said the strikes targeted mountainous areas around Rawdah.  #المتحدث_العسكرى : القوات الجوية تنفذ ضرباتها على مدار الليلة الماضية بناءً علي معلومات إستخباراتية بالتعاون مع أبناء سيناء pic.twitter.com/gjCaBIZK3A— المتحدث العسكري (@EgyArmySpox) November 25, 2017 The military has been battling against a bloody insurgency in the Sinai since 2011 but has so far been unable to defeat the jihadists or prevent a string of high-profile attacks.  Egypt’s government, which relies heavily on tourism, has been at pains to stress that most of the attacks have taken place in a limited area in north Sinai. “Egypt as a State, society and region is still, with its overwhelming majority, far from the hands of bloody terrorist groups,” the government’s information office said in a statement.  The Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza had been due to open on Saturday, providing a rare opportunity for the isolated people of Gaza to travel to the outside world. But the crossing remained closed in the wake of the attack and travellers were told to stay at home.



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Congressman Calls Trump 'An Idiot' For Using Egypt Mosque Attack To Promote Border Wall

Congressman Calls Trump 'An Idiot' For Using Egypt Mosque Attack To Promote Border WallRep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas) lashed out at President Donald Trump for using Friday’s deadly mass shooting at an Egyptian mosque to keep up his push for construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.



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Death Toll Soars over 300 in Egypt Mosque Attack

Death Toll Soars over 300 in Egypt Mosque AttackAuthorities say up to 30 gunmen fired through all of the windows and doors of an Egyptian mosque before going inside. More 300 people are dead, 27 of them children.



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Who are the Sufis associated with the mosque attacked in Egypt?

Who are the Sufis associated with the mosque attacked in Egypt?The mosque where Friday’s massacre unfolded in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula had been widely associated with Sufi Muslims who have been attacked by the Islamic State group wherever the extremists operate. A Bedouin tribal leader told AFP the Rawda mosque, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of the North Sinai capital of El-Arish, was known as a Sufi mosque and contained a “zawiya” — a lodge used by the mystics for prayers and gatherings. Last year, the jihadists kidnapped and beheaded an elderly Sufi leader, accusing him of practising witchcraft.



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Egypt carries out airstrikes after mosque terror attack

Egypt carries out airstrikes after mosque terror attackThe country's air force targeted terrorists in Northern Sinai.



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Donald Trump uses Egypt mosque attack that killed 235 to promote border wall and travel ban

Donald Trump uses Egypt mosque attack that killed 235 to promote border wall and travel banPresident Donald Trump has used the terror attack in Egypt to advocate for his travel ban and proposed border wall with Mexico. At least 235 people were killed and more than 100 were injured in an attack on a Sufi mosque in Egypt’s North Sinai region on Friday. The incident appears to be the deadliest terrorist attack ever committed on Egyptian soil.



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235 Killed in Egypt Mosque Attack, State Media Says

235 Killed in Egypt Mosque Attack, State Media SaysMilitants attacked a crowded mosque during Friday prayers in the Sinai Peninsula, setting off explosives, spraying worshippers with gunfire and killing at least 235 people in the deadliest ever attack by Islamic extremists in Egypt.



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Deadly mosque attack kills hundreds in North Sinai, Egypt

Deadly mosque attack kills hundreds in North Sinai, EgyptA bomb explosion ripped through the Rawda mosque frequented by Sufis roughly 40 kilometers west of the North Sinai capital of El-Arish before gunmen opened fire on those gathered for weekly Friday prayers.



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