India condemns bomb attacks on Egypt's churches

New Delhi [India], Apr. 10 (ANI): India has condemned Sunday's bomb attacks on the two churches in Egypt saying that it stands with the people and the Government of Egypt in its common fight against terrorism.

"India, herself facing cross border terrorism, stands by the people and the Government of Egypt in our common fight against terrorism. The dastardly attack in Egypt again highlights the urgent need for concerted action on the part of the international community against the scourge of terrorism," India's Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

"We offer our deep condolences to the bereaved families and wish speedy recovery to the injured," the statement added.

Earlier, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his grief on the bomb attacks in Egypt.

"Deeply pained by the attacks in Egypt. We condemn these attacks. My thoughts are with families of the deceased & prayers with the injured," Prime Minister Modi tweeted.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi has declared a three-month state of emergency after deadly terror attacks in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria.

"The state of emergency for coming three months is declared," Sisi said in a televised address.

He also announced creation of the Supreme Council on fighting terrorism.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has reportedly claimed responsibility for the two attacks on churches in Egypt that left at least 43 people dead and injured several others.

"A security detachment of the Islamic State carried out the attacks against the two churches in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria," the New York Times quoted an online statement shared by sympathisers and attributed to the militants as saying.

At least 27 people were killed in a bomb attack near a church in Egypt's Tanta, north of Cairo.

Another explosion occurred in front of St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria killing at least 16 persons.

The explosions took place when Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria, was leading the Palm Sunday mass, local media reports said.

The pope, however, has been reported unhurt in the blast. (ANI)