Egypt in state of emergency after twin church bombings

Security personnel secured the scene of the bomb explosion inside Mar Girgis church in Tanta

Security personnel secured the scene of the bomb explosion inside Mar Girgis church in Tanta

An ambulance arrives to the site of a bomb blast that took place on Sunday in Tanta, Egypt, April 9, 2017.

In a statement, the Cabinet says Monday that it approved the presidential decision to declare a state of emergency across the country for three months.

The Islamic State (IS) group had claimed responsibility for the church bombings in the Nile Delta cities of Alexandria and Tanta in which at least 44 people were killed.

At least 49 worshippers were killed on Palm Sunday when two Coptic Christian churches in Egypt exploded in bomb attacks which the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for, according to state media.

The explosions have injured at least 35 people in the Alexandria blast and 71 people in Tanta, the health ministry said, according to BBC. "I have great.confidence that President Al Sisi will handle situation properly", President Trump tweeted.

Last week, Al-Sissi was on a state visit to the U.S. and met president Donald Trump.

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Sisi ordered the armed forces to help police secure vital locations across the nation and declared a three-month state of emergency.

"The immunity of a place of worship, no matter the religion it belongs to, can not be violated and the bloodthirsty killing of innocent worshippers can not ever be forgiven", Gormez said in an official statement.

In the USA, the Coptic Orthodox Church of St. Mark in Jersey City, N.J., is praying and persevering, the church's deacon of public relations Joseph Ghabour told Baptist Press today (April 10).

Israel offered condolences to the families of the victims of two bombing attacks on churches in Egypt and called for a worldwide fight against terrorism.

In the aftermath of two deadly bombings that targeted Coptic Christian churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday, the Egyptian Christian community was left reeling.

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The most horrific aspect about this attack is that it is not an abnormal tragedy in Egypt. Christians in Egypt are used to being targeted for their faith. Christians make up about 10 percent of Egypt's 90-million population, making it the state with the largest Christian minority in the Middle East.

He said it was becoming easier for Egyptian youths to get recruited by terrorist groups and there was frustration among young Egyptians that their problems were being ignored.

Another witness said she saw flames flaring up to the church ceiling.

Egypt has seen a wave of attacks by militants since 2013 when the military toppled president Mohammed Morsi, an elected leader who hailed from the Muslim Brotherhood, and launched a crackdown against Islamists.

State television reported that the interior minister sacked the provincial head of security and replaced him after the attack.

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