The terrorist attack on a mosque in Egypt’s Northern Sinai province not only highlights a new change in the country’s anti-terrorist situation, but also indicates that the Sinai area may need to be addressed by the government.
The attack on the Al Rawdah Sufi mosque last Friday is the first attack directed at a mosque in Egypt. It is also the deadliest terrorist attack in the country, claiming a death toll of 305 people.
Even though no organization has claimed responsibility for the crime till now, Wilayat Sinai group, the Sinai branch of IS, is believed to be the biggest suspect. Based in Sinai Peninsula, the group has been responsible for multiple mass attacks and numerous deaths.
Experts pointed out that this group is quite different from extreme organizations in Syria and Iraq, because its members are mostly local residents holding extremist thoughts, which makes it even more difficult to fight against their terrorist movements.
The majority of the Wilayat Sinai group are native people instead of foreigners. What makes the group dangerous is that they are familiar with the roads, people and safe shelters here, and they know how to fight in the local area. Thus it will be a huge problem.