After a roadside explosion killed three policemen and injured ten, Egypt extended its state of emergency until the end of September. On Tuesday, Egypt’s Parliament granted this extension after a 3-month state of emergency was declared in April after two church bombings that killed at least 45 people. The extended state of emergency gives authorities the greater power to crack down on enemies of state. It is assumed that the Islamic State is responsible for the roadside attack, but that have yet to claim the attack.
07/05/2017 Egypt (Reuters) – Egypt’s parliament on Tuesday approved an extension of a nationwide state of emergency until the end of September as a police officer and two conscripts were killed by a roadside bomb in the Sinai where Egypt faces an Islamist insurgency.
Parliament unanimously approved a three-month state of emergency in April, giving the authorities greater powers to crack down on what it called enemies of the state after two church bombings killed at least 45 people.
The extension by a further three months, ordered by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, means the state of emergency will last at least until the end of September, Ali Abdelaal, Speaker of the House of Representatives, said.
“The reasons for which the state of emergency was declared are still in place and therefore it must be extended,” Abdelaal told lawmakers.
Apart from the three killed, 10 other policemen were wounded by the roadside explosion in the restive Sinai Peninsula, security and medical sources told Reuters.
The blast hit an armored vehicle as it drove by in the south of Arish, capital of North Sinai province, killing a lieutenant colonel of the central security forces and two of his men, the sources said.