Monday, April 10, 2017

Egypt's president declares three-month emergency


The Islamic State claimed responsibility for both bombings through the Amaq News Agency, which is affiliated with the Islamist militant group.

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By Lora Ball | April 10, 2017

The U.S. State Department is condemning in the strongest terms what it calls the "barbaric attacks" on Christian places of worship in Egypt after bombs at two Coptic churches killed more than 40 worshipers and police officers and wounded about 100 others on Palm Sunday.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi declared a three-month state of emergency in the country, where there has already been a major crackdown on dissent and political expression.

A suicide bomber killed at least six people and injured 66 in front of a church in Alexandria, Egypt on Sunday, officials and state television said.

It said Pope Tawadros II was inside the cathedral leading Palm Sunday Mass, but he was not harmed in the attack.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for both bombings through the Amaq News Agency, which is affiliated with the Islamist militant group.

Pope Francis who was scheduled to visit Cairo in a matter of weeks sent a message of "deep condolences to my brother, Pope Tawadros II, the Coptic church and all of the dear Egyptian nation" as he offered prayers for the wounded and the dead.

"The attack will not undermine the resolve and true will of the Egyptian people to counter the forces of evil, but will only harden their determination to move forward on their trajectory to realize security, stability and comprehensive development", his statement said.


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