State of emergency should start after midnight

State of emergency should start after midnight

The ministry also said it was "pursuing its efforts" to identify another attacker who targeted another church in the Nile Delta city of Tanta hours earlier on Sunday.

Pope Francis addressed the attacks on Palm Sunday in St. Peter's Square, expressing "deep condolences" to Coptic patriarch Tawadros II.

"Cowardly attacks" that "will not harm the unity of this people and its cohesion".

In October 2011, nearly 30 people - mostly Coptic Christians - were killed after the army charged at a protest outside the state television building in Cairo to denounce the torching of a church in southern Egypt.

"We're living in different times", Adams said.

The attack was just the latest in growing persecution of Christians in Egypt where the terror group Islamic State is defying President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and is active in underground cells. "It's not right what I'm seeing being repeated on all of our channels, and you know this hurts Egyptians".

The Grand Imam of the prestigious Muslim insitution, al-Azhar, Ahmed Muhammad al-Tayyeb, said in a statement that "attacks against places of worship go against the authentic Islamic religion and its teachings of tolerance, but fail to undermine the unity of the Egyptian people".

New 'Australian values' test planned for citizenship
But the changes are supposed to make " Australian values " the "heart of the citizenship process", the statement said. He denied it was a kneejerk reaction to the growing popularity of Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party.

Israel meanwhile closed its Taba border crossing to Egypt after its anti-terrorism office warned of an "imminent" militant attack there, underlining fears of more violence.

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.

Hundreds gathered outside the Tanta church shortly after the blast, some weeping and wearing black while inside, blown apart pews sat atop tiles soaked with blood. The targets of the attack were St. George's church in Tanta and St. Mark's Cathedral in Alexandria.

"There was a huge explosion in the hall". The military said a rocket fired from Sinai hit a greenhouse but caused no injuries.

More action is needed to protect Church communities in Egypt from attack, according to one of the country's Catholic bishops, who has appealed for prayer for the victims of two bomb blasts targeting worshipers on Palm Sunday.

This would likely be viewed as a win for Islamists because it would make them appear capable of driving out religious minorities despite facing the full force of Egyptian security forces.

Sisi's visit to the papal seat in Cairo came a day after one of the suicide bombers was identified.

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