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An attack on a mosque in Egypt has left dozens dead and at least 75 injured. The attackers also opened fire upon the people as they tried exiting the mosque. "We must collectively discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said following the attack.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi: The leader called it "criminal" and "cowardly" and expressed his condolences to the victims and their families, news agency AP reported.

US President Donald Trump: "Horrible and cowardly terrorist attack on innocent and defenseless worshipers in Egypt".

The White House also said in a statement that "the global community must continue to strengthen its efforts to defeat terrorist groups that threaten the United States and our partners and we must collectively discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence".

The startling bloodshed, which also wounded at least 109, was the latest sign of how more than three years of fighting in Sinai has been unable to crush an insurgency waged by the IS affiliate.

President Trump used the massacre at a mosque in Egypt to renew his calls for a travel ban and "wall" on Friday afternoon.

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View of the Rawda mosque after a gun and bombing attack on November 24, 2017.

Arabiya news channel and local sources said ISIS regarded some of the worshippers as apostates because they revere saints and shrines, which for Islamists is tantamount to idolatry.

The attack is considered to be the deadliest in Egypt's modern history.

Security forces have been battling militants in northern Sinai for years, but attacks to date have focused on military and police assets, although assassinations of individuals IS considers government spies or religious heretics are not uncommon. There are also some Egyptian soldiers among those killed.

Most of the attacks, which recently expanded the city and some other cities, have been claimed by the Islamic State branch in Sinai.

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