Report: Egypt Declares State Of Emergency After Church Bombings

The state of emergency will last for three months, and was declared following two separate bombings on Palm Sunday.

After two bombings in Tanta and Alexandria Sunday morning that have reportedly killed 45 people, Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi declared a three month long state of emergency. The attacks were carried out on two Coptic Orthodox Churches, which account for 10% of Egypt's population. The attacks happened on Palm Sunday, one of the holiest days in the Christian calendar. According to a report by The BBC, the Islamic State has claimed credit for the attacks.

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In Egypt, a state of emergency allows for the government to make arrests and search homes without a warrant. This is the first time Egypt has declared a state of emergency since 2013. For more on the situation follow The BBC and The New York Times for up-to-date information.

April 09, 2017
Report: Egypt Declares State Of Emergency After Church Bombings