Is Egypt's security approach failing in Sinai?

An unprecented attack on a mosque in Egypt's Sinai region killed at least 305 people including 27 children on Friday.

'Criminal and cowardly'. That is how the Egyptian President described an attack on a Sufi mosque on Friday.

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has vowed to respond with what he calls a 'brutal force'.

At least 305 people were killed in what's seen as the worst attack in Egypt's modern history.

It happened in the northern Sinai region. Men, women and children were shot by armed men as they tried to flee Al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed.

Since coming to power President Sisi has promised to crackdown on armed groups, particularly in the Sinai.

So, why has the Sinai peninsula become a security nightmare for Sisi's government?

Presenter: Hazem Sika
Ahmed Badawi - Senior researcher at the Centre for Middle Eastern and North African Politics at the Free University of Berlin.
Timothy Kaldas - A Non-resident fellow at Tahrir Institute for Middle East Politics.
Afzal Ashraf - Assistant professor at the Centre of Conflict, Security and Terrorism at Nottingham University.

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