Egypt declares state of emergency after deadly church attacks - BBC

09:40, 10 April 2017
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Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi on Sunday announced a three-month state of emergency after attacks on two Coptic churches that left at least 44 dead, according to BBC News.

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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, BBC News reported.

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

Read alsoDeadly blast reported outside church in Egypt's TantaThe 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 defense council to discuss the explosions.

Read alsoEgypt rocked by 2nd terrorist in one day targeting Christian church; Klimkin condemns attacksHe 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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