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Egypt declares 3-month emergency after church bombings

Egypt President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi declared a three-month state of emergency April 10 after attacks on Coptic churches that killed at least 44 people, Bloomberg and the BBC reported.
The emergency measures, which allow anti-terrorism authorities to make arrests and search homes without warrants, came after the group that calls itself Islamic State claimed responsibility for bomb attacks on churches in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria.

Egypt's tourism industry has been suffering since a Russian passenger jet was bombed in 2015 after departing from the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, killing 224 people. The ending of currency controls in November has also pushed up annual urban inflation to almost 31% in March.

Rights groups criticized the declaration of a state of emergency, arguing that security forces already have extensive authority to wield against militants and political opponents, Bloomberg said. Tens of thousands of Egyptians have been arrested by security forces since Sisi came to power in 2014, suffering abuses including torture and likely extrajudicial killings, Human Rights Watch said April 2.