No Ukrainians injured in terrorist attack in Alexandria

"The United States will continue to support Egypt's security and stability in its efforts to defeat terrorism", the statement said.

Sunday's bombings in churches in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and Tanta north of Cairo were the deadliest attacks on the Coptic Christian community in recent memory and were claimed by the Islamic State militant group.

"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, according to Reuters.

Leaders of the church have taken precautionary measures and vamped up security at the church in case the unthinkable happens.

French President Francois Hollande on Sunday condemned two church bombings in Egypt that killed at least 43 people and injured scores.

At least 17 people were killed at St. Mark's Cathedral in Alexandria, the historic seat of Christendom in Egypt.

The government has declared a state of emergency for the next three months and deployed troops to guard public spaces across the country.

Pope Tawadros II, head of the Coptic church, had earlier attended mass at the church. Egyptian media reported that one of Ms Abdel-Aleem's two sons, also a police officer, also died in the incident.

The prestigious Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo has timed a global peace conference in Cairo to coincide with the papal visit and hopes Francis and Al-Azhar Grand Imam Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb will close the meeting, sources told Adnkronos International last month.

The UN body said that the attacks, who occurred during Palm Sunday when both churches were packed with worshippers aimed at ruining the unity and diversity that characterized the Egyptian society.

This is Easter season for Christians around the world, and so the Coptic Christians of Egypt gathered their families to attend Palm Sunday services that begin what is known as Holy Week.

El-Sissi has clamped down on opponents since he led the military overthrow of an elected Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, in 2013.

It said Malaysia also strongly condemned the bomb attacks at the Mar Girgis Coptic Church in Tanta and St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria on April 9.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has promised to protect the Christian minority, but Copts in Tanta say security was nearly non-existent on Sunday despite repeated warnings in recent weeks.

  • Zachary Reyes