President Aliyev offers condolences to Egyptian president

"We are outraged by such brutal acts against innocent people, and consider it essential to conduct a resolute and consistent fight against the evil of terrorism in all its manifestations".

That October, nearly 30 people-mostly Coptic Christians-were killed after the army charged at a protest in Cairo to denounce the torching of a church in southern Egypt.

In addition to El-Haggar, two other female officers were killed in the attacks: Sergeants Asmaa Hussein and Omneya Roshdy, according to Daily News Egypt.

The Christian community has been a relatively strong supporter of the President since he came to power in 2013.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, which killed at least 49 and wounded 78 of Egypt's largest Christian minority.

Pope Francis, who is due in Cairo on April 28-29, offered prayers for the victims.

He also expressed solidarity with Tawardos II, the Coptic Orthodox Patriarch of Alexandria.

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Al-Sisi has declared a three-month state of emergency for the country, and ordered troops to help police secure public spaces.

The ministry added that efforts are underway to identify another suicide bomber responsible for the deadly blast at Tanta's Mar Girgis Cathedral on Sunday morning. 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.

At St Mark's in Alexandria, at night the bodies were brought in wooden coffins decorated with golden crosses to the church yard where hundreds of sad and angry Copts gathered and a priest was saying prayers.

The attacks led President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to declare a state of emergency, amid fears that IS militants, who have been battling security forces in the Sinai Peninsula for years, are shifting their focus to Egypt's Coptic minority, one of the oldest Christian communities in the world.

The Palm Sunday bombings killed 45 people and were claimed by the Islamic State group.

In May that year, clashes between Muslims and Copts left 15 dead in the working-class Cairo neighbourhood of Imbaba where two churches were attacked.

That explosion killed 30 Christians and injured dozens more. Anyone who's different from them now is an infidel, whether they're Muslim or Christian. "And how much longer will security be this incompetent?"

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