The Latest: Egypt takes action after Palm Sunday attacks

CAIRO (AP) – The Latest on the aftermath of Sunday’s deadly church bombings in Egypt (all times local):

12 p.m.

Egypt’s Cabinet says the state of emergency will go into effect at 1 p.m. Monday afternoon.

In a statement, the Cabinet says Monday that it approved the presidential decision to declare a state of emergency across the country for three months.

According to Egypt’s constitution, parliament must vote in favor of such a declaration – a virtual certainty since the legislature is packed with supporters of President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi. It cannot exceed six months. Mohammed Abu Hamed, a lawmaker, says that the parliament will consider the issue in a session on Monday.

The army chief-turned-president also dispatched elite troops across the country to protect key installations and accused unidentified countries of fueling instability, saying that “Egyptians have foiled plots and efforts by countries and fascist, terrorist organizations that tried to control Egypt.”

11:45 a.m.

Egyptian Christians are burying their dead a day after at least 44 people were killed in twin suicide bombings at Palm Sunday services in two separate cities.

Women wailed as caskets marked with the word “martyr” were brought into the Mar Amina church in the coastal city of Alexandria on Monday, the footage broadcast on several Egyptian channels.

Coptic priests, boy scouts, and mourners carrying flowers joined a procession into the church, the pace set by a beat of snare drums.

At least 17 people were killed at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria, the historic seat of Christendom in Egypt. Another suicide attack killed at least 27 people inside St. George’s Church in the Nile Delta city of Tanta.

 

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