Egypt declares state of emergency after church bombings

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi says a three-month state of emergency will be imposed after two bomb blasts killed dozens of worshippers in Coptic Christian churches.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) armed group claimed responsibility for Sunday’s suicide bombings in the Nile Delta cities of Alexandria and Tanta, in which more than 40 people were killed.

“A series of steps will be taken, most importantly, the announcement of a state of emergency for three months after legal and constitution steps are taken,” Sisi said in a speech aired on state television.

  • tom_billesley

    Sometimes it’s handy for a government to have a reason for a state of emergency.

  • To what end?

    An assertive Coptic Christian minority that actively shoots Islamist terrorists coming towards it would have any leader shaking in his boots.

    Smoke and mirrors. Pretend to be concerned and then do nothing.

    • Watchman

      Sometimes it is to allow further oppression of the Coptics under the excuse of preventing Coptic backlash against terrorist attacks. Any demonstrations or marches by Coptics will be treated as if these were terrorist gatherings, and the police will come down heavily on them.