Churches in southern Egypt will not celebrate Easter

Bomb at Egyptian church kills 25 Palm Sunday worshippers

Lawmakers said the state of emergency - Egypt's first since widespread unrest in 2013 - would help the country face down a jihadist insurgency.

BBC is reporting that during the state of emergency, the police can arrest without a warrant and search people's homes. "I personally do not feel safe to return to Egypt".

Later on Sunday, the Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the twin church bombings on its so-called "Amaq" news website.

ISIS later claimed responsibility for the planned attacks.

"Crusaders and their apostate allies should know the bill between us and them is very big and they will pay it with rivers of blood from their children, god willing".

The President also ordered the deployment of army forces to secure state institutions all over the country. The government formed a council to counter terror and extremism.

"This treacherous terrorism targets the nation with its citizens, both Copts and Muslims, and it will never break the determination of the Egyptians and their true will to confront the powers of evil", al-Sisi said in the statement.

The country's parliament must now approve the move within seven days for the three-month initiative to remain in effect.

According to Article 154 of the constitution, the president of the republic may declare a state of emergency after consultation with the cabinet and approval of the House of Representatives. Egyptian authorities have not confirmed the bombers' nationalities.

The pair arrived at the church early Sunday morning to start the Palm Sunday mass; Beshoy wore white deacon's robes and sang religious hymns. The explosive device was pre-planted in the prayer hall, according to Al-Manar broadcaster.

Graphic images and footage presumably from inside the church have emerged, showing people gathered around apparently lifeless bodies.

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"A lady next to me lost her eye". The choir was also dead on the floor.

"I'm so sad, I can not speak", said one mourner, a woman in her 40s. Others wept openly as women wailed in mourning.

"Everyone is falling short.the government, the people. nothing is good".

They were killed after a shootout with the police, who found rifles, ammunition, and IS publications in the hideout, it said.

Despite the violence, she said she won't be intimidated. He later entered the sanctuary and saw a scene of devastation. "I didn't realize what's happening", he told CNN. "They are martyrs", mourners said.

Copts in Egypt have faced persecution and discrimination that has spiked since the toppling of Hosni Mubarak's regime in 2011. Dozens have been killed in sectarian violence.

The December bombing in a church adjacent to the Coptic papal seat marked a shift in ISIL tactics. Another suicide attack killed at least 27 people inside St. George's Church in the Nile Delta city of Tanta.

The bombings were the latest in a series of assaults on Egypt's Christian minority, who make up about 10 percent of the population and have been repeatedly targeted by armed groups.

Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Cairo this month. Along with others, the Pope expressed his grief after the church attack.

The announcement follows two attacks on churches in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria on Palm Sunday, which killed 45 people and were claimed by IS. The group, believed to be linked to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, has mainly targeted security forces and distanced itself from attacks on Christians.

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