Why Muslim extremists attacked this mosque in Egypt

Source: The Washington Post

 November 25

On Friday, at least 305 Egyptians were killed by terrorists who detonated a bomb in a crowded mosque, then sprayed frantic worshipers with gunfire as they fled. It was deadliest in the country’s modern history.

It “was horrific,” local Ibrahim Sheteewi told the New York Times. “The bodies were scattered on the ground outside the mosque.”

The assault shocked Egyptians for another reason: Attacks on mosques are unusual in Egypt. “I can’t believe they attacked a mosque,” a Muslim cleric in Bir al-Abed told the New York Times.

But to understand why this mosque was targeted, it’s important to understand how Sunni extremists see Sufism.

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