President Trump Reassures Egyptian Leader After Palm Sunday Church Bombings

Police searched passersby and cars around Orthodox cathedral of St Mark's Cathedral in Cairo, the seat of the Coptic Orthodox Pope, as beleagured Christians prepare for Easter Sunday.

Even though his aunt was Muslim, Fathi said she would sometimes say her prayers at the church.

On a visit to Algeria, EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini expressed solidarity with the Egyptian government and people in the fight against terrorism and stressed that those responsible for the attacks must be held accountable.

Addressing parliament on Tuesday, Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said the state of emergency was essential to combat what he called terrorist groups bent on undermining the country.

Peter Naggar, a Coptic lawyer, saw the enhanced security around churches as an effort to appease Copts, many of whom blame the state for failing to protect them. "I found people torn up. some people, only half of their bodies remained", said Nabil Nader, who lives in front of the Tanta church. Police and military presence has been increased in the cities and around Christian Churches.

Mostly claimed by a Sinai-based group loyal to the IS regional militia, the attacks focused on security forces in restive North Sinai in the beginning, but after massive security raids that killed hundreds of militants and arrested a similar number of suspects, the militants started to target the Coptic minority in the most populous Arab country.

The worshippers had been celebrating Palm Sunday, one of the holiest days of the Christian calendar, marking the triumphant entrance of Jesus to Jerusalem.

The violence comes ahead of Catholic Pope Francis's first trip to Egypt, which a Vatican official said will proceed as planned on April 28 and 29 despite the attacks.

Highlighting the many messages of sympathy he had received from around the world since yesterday's attacks, he said: "Prayer is the most important thing we can ask for at this time". Should the Islamic State continue its attacks more Coptic Christians might flee Egypt to avoid being targeted.

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The Copts trace their history to the dawn of Christianity, when Egypt was integrated into the Roman and later the Byzantine empire.

President Donald Trump waves as he walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Sunday, April 9, 2017.

"So sad to hear of the terrorist attack in Egypt".

The President wished Mr El-Sisi and the bereaved families God's strength and fortitude to bear this great loss during the period of mourning.

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres expressed the hope that the perpetrators will be swiftly brought to justice after a Security Council statement condemned the bombings as "heinous" and "cowardly".

The King reiterated Bahrain's support to Egypt and its backing of all measures taken to maintain its security and stability. President Mohamed Morsi imposed it in January, and following his ouster, his successor Adly Mansour imposed it in August.

In the second incident which occurred several hours later, a suicide bomber detonated himself when he was stopped by security guards at St. Mark's Cathedral in Alexandria, leading to the deaths of some 17 people.

In recent months, the Islamic State has ramped up attacks on Coptic Christians in Egypt. Christians make up 10 percent of Egypt's population.

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