Egypt declares state of emergency after Palm Sunday church bombings kill 44

The first bombing at the Mar Girgis church in Tanta city north of Cairo killed 27 people, the health ministry said.

Egypt's president recently met with President Trump, who on Sunday tweeted he had confidence that President Al Sisi will handle the situation properly.

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

Islamic State's branch in Egypt appears to be stepping up attacks and threats against Christians, who comprise about 10 percent of Egypt's 90 million people and amount to the biggest Christian minority in the Middle East. "We believe in the power of prayers so if people believe in prayer we would like them to remember us".

"There was a huge explosion in the hall".

Islamic State said two of its fighters wearing suicide vests carried out the attacks, and it warned of more to come. Among those killed is Samuel George, the head of Tanta Court.

In Washington last week, Trump praised hard-line Egyptian leader Sisi for doing a "fantastic job" and solicited his help in the fight against terrorism and violent extremists.

Sisi ordered military troops to be deployed across the country following the attacks.

Egyptians look at victims after suicide bomber in front of a church in Alexandria, Egypt.

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Emergency services had scrambled to the scene when another blast rocked Saint Mark's church in Alexandria where Coptic Pope Tawadros II had been leading a Palm Sunday service.

President Donald Trump tweeted that he is "so sad to hear of the terrorist attack" against the US ally but added that he has "great confidence" that el-Sissi, "will handle the situation properly".

A police officer and a policewoman, as well a low-ranking police officer, were killed while preventing the suicide bomber from entering the cathedral, the ministry said.

"The attack.will only harden the determination (of the Egyptian people) to move forward on their trajectory to realise security, stability and comprehensive development", Sisi said in a statement.

"The secretary-general expresses his deep sympathies to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of the Arab Republic of Egypt", said a statement issued here by the spokesman of the secretary-general, the Xinhua reported. IS later claimed responsibility for that attack.

Egypt has been fighting a terrorist wave that killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers since the military removed former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 and blacklisted his Muslim Brotherhood group as "a terrorist organization".

Christine Rizk, a church member at St. Mina and St. Abanoub Coptic Orthodox in Miamisburg-was raised in the town of Alexandria, Egypt.

  • Leroy Wright