TRENDING NEWS: Palm Sunday Bombings in Egypt Trigger State of Emergency

April 10, 2017


Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has declared a three-month state of emergency after suicide bombers targeted two Coptic churches, killing at least 44 people and injuring dozens more in the run-up to Easter.

Key points:

Under emergency law constitutional rights are suspended, police are given more power
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks
Attacks on Coptic churches in Muslim-majority Egypt occur regularly
At least 27 people were killed and 78 injured in the first blast at a Coptic church in the Nile Delta town of Tanta, north of Cairo, Egypt's Health Ministry said.