Under state of emergency application, Egyptian Interior Ministry, Magdy Abdel Ghafar, issued instructions for secret police to be deployed in Egypt’s streets and public squares to monitor and curtail any instances of criminal intent. Utilisation of secret police in Egyptian streets are suspicious according to the newspaper, the main question is what will be the real mission of the secret police, behind the official reason to extend police control to impeach other attacks as Palm Sunday’s attacks. However, Egyptian government recalled that secret police hasn’t the right to arrest someone. The Interior Ministry announced that these measures are for the sake of protecting Egypt’s main cities due to the unprecedented challenges that face the nation. The country’s national security will be enhanced through the stationing of ground armed forces in the streets and public squares to help curb any reported attacks.
The last reported told that 44 people had been killed in the two bombs attacks, and more than 100 injured. The two bomb-suicide attacks had been take place at St. George Church in the Nile Delta town of Tanta, where at least 27 people were killed and 78 others wounded and a second explosion – which Egypt’s Interior Ministry says was caused by a suicide bomber who tried to storm St. Mark’s Cathedral in the coastal city of Alexandria – left at least 17 dead, and 48 injured. The attack came just after Pope Tawadros II – leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria – finished services. These attacks came at the start of Holy Week and few weeks before Pope arrival in the country. Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi accused unnamed countries of fueling instability in the country, adding “Egyptians have foiled plots and efforts by countries and fascist, terrorist organizations that tried to control Egypt”. El-Sisi ordered the immediate deployment of troops to assist police in protecting vital facilities across the country.