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Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has announced a three-month state of emergency after attacks on two Coptic churches that left at least 44 dead, the BBC reported today.

The measure allows authorities to make arrests without warrants and search people's homes. It needs to be approved by parliament before it is implemented.

So-called Islamic State (IS) said it was behind the blasts in Tanta and Alexandria on Palm Sunday.

The group has targeted Copts in Egypt recently and warns of more attacks.

Mr. Sisi made a defiant speech at the presidential palace after a meeting of the national defence council to discuss the explosions.

He warned that the war against the jihadists would be "long and painful", and said that the state of emergency would come into force after all "legal and constitution steps" were taken. The majority in parliament backs Mr. Sisi.

The president had earlier ordered the deployment of the military across the country to protect "vital and important infrastructure".

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  • Avisenna Monday, 10 April 2017 04:25 PM

    Sadam Gaddafi Mubarak gone and soon Bashir Al Asad going Christians will be slaughtered every where. So sad. via DM Android App

    SISTER SISI Monday, 10 April 2017 04:54 PM

    SISI although "elected" is really an Army man. Eqypt can never dream of a democracy as long as Sisters SISI exist.

    Daya Monday, 10 April 2017 06:09 PM

    In reality what matters is not the 'constitution' of the religion but what its followers are doing.In Islam the followers are hyper sensitive at the best and homicidal at worst.They behave like a cult and not religion.

    Sincere Monday, 10 April 2017 06:13 PM

    Vatican has to look after its own interests first!

    seqi Monday, 10 April 2017 11:18 PM

    Mubarak Gadafi Saddam and Assad maintained secular states as they knew who they were dealing with. Nothing was perfect but Jews and Christians had freedom of worship and foreigners were welcome.....well Cheney and Bush jnr knocked that on the head......the Saudis still cant believe their luck..............Twin towers down and Bagdad in the bargain to boot.....and theyre pushing for Theran via DM Android App

    ceylon Monday, 10 April 2017 12:44 PM

    no relgions teach to kill.criminals use names of religions to kill. via DM Android App

    Shelly Monday, 10 April 2017 01:23 PM

    And Vatican is dead silent. via DM Android App


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