Mourners gather at funerals for Egypt church bomb victims as the president declares a three-month state of emergency. Samantha Vadas reports.
An emotional goodbye to the victims of Egypt's Palm Sunday (April 9) attacks. Mourners grieving for their loved ones as their bodies arrive for a late night funeral, with security tight. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) A TANTA PRIEST, TAWFIK KOBEISH, SAYING: "It's a miserable and painful feeling going through this cruel experience. We were not expecting people who live with us in the same country, people whom we've shared love and friendships with, to do these things." At least 44 people were killed and dozens injured when two separate ISIS bombs tore through churches in Tanta and Alexandria. Blood stained benches and a clock stopped at the time of the blast a reminder of the violence that struck on one of the most important days on the Christian calendar. Egypt's religious minority is increasingly the target of ISIS militants. The country's president now pledging to protect them, declaring a three month state of emergency. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT ABDEL FATTAH AL-SISI, SAYING: "Security forces are increasing their efforts to catch the assailants and the criminals, and those behind them so they can be punished." President Sisi has also sent troops onto the streets to help police. A rare move from the former general, who's determined to present himself as a leading force in the fight against terrorism in the Middle East.