Egypt declares state of emergency after Palm Sunday church bombings

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has declared a three-month state of emergency after suicide bombers targeted two Coptic churches, killing at least 44 people and injuring dozens more in the run-up to Easter.

Key points:

  • Under emergency law constitutional rights are suspended, police are given more power
  • The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks
  • Attacks on Coptic churches in Muslim-majority Egypt occur regularly.

At least 27 people were killed and 78 injured in the first blast at a Coptic church in the Nile Delta town of Tanta, north of Cairo, Egypt’s Health Ministry said. The second blast, in front of a Christian church in Alexandria on the country’s north coast, killed 17 and injured at least 48 others, the ministry added. It said the explosion was caused by a suicide bomber who tried to storm the entrance before being stopped by police….Read More

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Terrifying moment one of two ISIS suicide bombers detonates outside Egyptian church