Sisi vows to hunt down Egypt church bombers in Tawadros visit

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Police searched passersby and cars around Orthodox cathedral of St Mark's Cathedral in Cairo, the seat of the Coptic Orthodox Pope, as beleagured Christians prepare for Easter Sunday.

"Cowardly attacks" that "will not harm the unity of this people and its cohesion".

Earlier Tuesday the Interior Ministry said in a statement that Egyptian police has killed seven suspected Islamic State militants in a shoot-out in the southern city of Assiut on Monday.

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi declared a three-month state of emergency following the attacks. "It's not right what I'm seeing being repeated on all of our channels, and you know this hurts Egyptians".

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".

Today we suffer with our sisters and brothers who have experienced losses in London, in Stockholm, and as well as those who continue to suffer on a daily basis across the Middle East.

In the Tanta attack, the bomber was able to enter the church and reach the front rows before blowing himself up.

"We grieve with all Egyptians as we express our most heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families, and we hope for a speedy recovery for those injured in the attack", the embassy wrote.

The twin bombings mark the deadliest attack against Christians in Egypt in decades, reports say.

"There was a huge explosion in the hall".

The attacks - the deadliest in recent years against Christians in the country - shook the community and provoked rare public anger at the government for failing to protect the minority. We also pray for our Coptic Orthodox sisters and brothers who continue to be resilient in the face of ongoing and escalating attacks, and who resist the urge to react vengefully or reciprocally. That is a potential turning point in a country trying to prevent a provincial insurgency spiraling into wider sectarian bloodshed.

In December 2016, a blast claimed by Isis at a Coptic church in Cairo left 30 dead. But after being targets of attacks, the question of the community's security hangs heavy on the administration. "Muslims and Christians are one. They see them as infidels", he said. At least 28 people died and 77 were wounded. "And how much longer will security be this incompetent?"

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