April 9, 2017 / 7:54 PM / 3 years ago

Egypt's Sisi says three-month state of emergency to be declared

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stands and observes a minute of silence for the victims of two separate church attacks during Palm Sunday prayers, with leaders of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces and the Supreme Council for Police to discuss developments in the security situation in Egypt, as well as developments in the country's fight against terrorism, at the Ittihadiya presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, April 9, 2017, in this handout picture courtesy of the Egyptian Presidency. The Egyptian Presidency/Handout via REUTERS

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said a three-month state of emergency would be imposed after two deadly bombings hit Coptic churches on Sunday, killing at least 44 people.

“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.

Reporting by Mostafa Hashem; Writing by Eric Knecht; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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