Deadly mosque attack kills hundreds in North Sinai, Egypt

Egypt mourned on Saturday as the death toll from a gun and bomb assault at a mosque in the Sinai Peninsula soared above 300, including children, in the deadliest attack the country has witnessed.

The army said warplanes had struck militant hideouts in the insurgency-wracked North Sinai in retaliation.

According to the state prosecution, up to 30 militants in camouflage flying the Islamic State (IS) group’s black banner had surrounded the mosque and proceeded to massacre the worshippers during weekly Friday prayers.

Twenty-seven children were among the dead, it said.

IS has not claimed responsibility for the attack, but it is the main suspect as the mosque is associated with followers of the mystical Sufi branch of Sunni Islam whom it has branded heretics. (AFP)

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Deadly mosque attack kills hundreds in North Sinai, Egypt

People gather at the site of the Egypt Sinai mosque bombing in Al-Arish, Egypt on Nov. 24, 2017. (Photo: Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Deadly mosque attack kills hundreds in North Sinai, Egypt

Relatives of injured worshippers grieve outside the Suez Canal University hospital in Ismailia, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, a day after an attack on a mosque. (Photo: Amr Nabil/AP)

Deadly mosque attack kills hundreds in North Sinai, Egypt

People bury victims of the of the Egypt Sinai mosque bombing in Al-Arish, Egypt on Nov. 25, 2017. (Photo: Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Deadly mosque attack kills hundreds in North Sinai, Egypt

Egyptians carry victims on stretchers following a gun and bombing attack on the Rawda mosque near the North Sinai provincial capital of El-Arish on Nov. 24, 2017. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Deadly mosque attack kills hundreds in North Sinai, Egypt

An Egyptian woman whose husband was injured in an attack on al-Rawda mosque one day earlier, reads from the Quran after learning that he had just passed away, at hospital in the town of Bir al-Abed, some 40 km from Arish, Northern Sinai, Egypt, 25 Nov. 25, 2017. (Photo: STR/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Deadly mosque attack kills hundreds in North Sinai, Egypt

Wreckages of cars are seen after the Egypt Sinai mosque bombing in Al-Arish, Egypt on Nov. 25, 2017. (Photo: Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Deadly mosque attack kills hundreds in North Sinai, Egypt

A damaged car at the site of the Egypt Sinai mosque bombing in Al-Arish, Egypt on Nov. 24, 2017. (Photo: Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Deadly mosque attack kills hundreds in North Sinai, Egypt

A victim istaken care of in a hospital in Ismailia, some 200 kilometers South West of al-Arish, Egypt, 24 Nov. 24, 2017. (Photo: Stringer/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Deadly mosque attack kills hundreds in North Sinai, Egypt

Deadly mosque attack kills hundreds in North Sinai, Egypt

A man collects the remains of belongings of victims from Al-Rawda mosque a day after the mosque was attacked in the northern city of Arish, Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, Nov. 25, 2017. (Photo: Ahmed Hassan/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Deadly mosque attack kills hundreds in North Sinai, Egypt

Empty shells and blood stains from victims are seen after an explosion at Al Rawdah mosque in Bir Al-Abed, Egypt, Nov. 25, 2017. (Photo: Mohamed Soliman/Reuters)

Deadly mosque attack kills hundreds in North Sinai, Egypt

Ahmed Ghoniem receives medical treatment at the Suez Canal University hospital in Ismailia, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, a day after he was injured during an attack on a mosque. (Photo: Amr Nabil/AP)

Deadly mosque attack kills hundreds in North Sinai, Egypt

A wheelchair is seen near blood stains of victims after an explosion at Al Rawdah mosque in Bir Al-Abed, Egypt, Nov. 25, 2017. (Photo: Mohamed Soliman/Reuters)

Deadly mosque attack kills hundreds in North Sinai, Egypt

An injured man, identified as Reda, who survived Sinai mosque attack, receives treatment at a hospital in Cairo, Egypt, Nov. 24, 2017. (Photo: Mohamed Hossam/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Deadly mosque attack kills hundreds in North Sinai, Egypt

A Quran and remnants of personal belongings of victims of the explosion are seen at Al Rawdah mosque are seen in Bir Al-Abed, Egypt, Nov. 25, 2017. (Photo: Mohamed Soliman/Reuters)

Deadly mosque attack kills hundreds in North Sinai, Egypt

Egyptian Minister of Health and Population Ahmed Emad Eldin Rady (C) arrives to visit victims injured in Sinai mosque attack after they were transferred to hospital in Cairo, Egypt, Nov. 24, 2017. (Photo: Mohamed Hossam/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Deadly mosque attack kills hundreds in North Sinai, Egypt

An interior view of Al Rawdah mosque is seen after an explosion, in Bir Al-Abed, Egypt, Nov. 25, 2017. (Photo: Mohamed Soliman/Reuters)

Deadly mosque attack kills hundreds in North Sinai, Egypt

Woundeds are taken to the hospital after the Egypt Sinai mosque bombing in Al-Arish, Egypt on Nov. 24, 2017. (Photo: Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Deadly mosque attack kills hundreds in North Sinai, Egypt

An interior view of Al Rawdah mosque is seen after an explosion, in Bir Al-Abed, Egypt, Nov. 25, 2017. (Photo: Mohamed Soliman/Reuters)

Deadly mosque attack kills hundreds in North Sinai, Egypt

Egyptians gather around bodies following a gun and bombing attack at the Rawda mosque, roughly 40 kilometers west of the North Sinai capital of El-Arish, on Nov. 24, 2017. (Photo: STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

Deadly mosque attack kills hundreds in North Sinai, Egypt

Woundeds are taken to the hospital after the Egypt Sinai mosque bombing in Al-Arish, Egypt on Nov. 24, 2017. (Photo: Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Deadly mosque attack kills hundreds in North Sinai, Egypt

Egyptians walk past bodies following a gun and bombing attack at the Rawda mosque, roughly 40 kilometers west of the North Sinai capital of El-Arish, on Nov. 24, 2017. (Photo: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

Deadly mosque attack kills hundreds in North Sinai, Egypt

Egyptians walk past bodies following a gun and bombing attack at the Rawda mosque, roughly 40 kilometers west of the North Sinai capital of El-Arish, on Nov. 24, 2017. (Photo: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

Deadly mosque attack kills hundreds in North Sinai, Egypt

View of the Rawda mosque, roughly 40 kilometers west of the North Sinai capital of El-Arish, after a gun and bombing attack, on Nov. 24, 2017. (Photo: STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

Deadly mosque attack kills hundreds in North Sinai, Egypt

Map showing the location of the attack in El-Arish, Egypt. (Photo: AFP)

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