CAIRO, July 4 (Xinhua) -- The Egyptian parliament approved on Tuesday a three-month extension of a state of emergency due to the security challenges facing the country, official MENA news agency reported.
The parliament speaker said during a general session on Tuesday that he had been informed by the prime minister of the decision of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to extend the nationwide state of emergency for another three months.
The extension starts from Monday evening, July 10.
Sisi imposed the first three-month nationwide state of emergency in April following a twin bombings at two churches in northern provinces of Gharbiya and Alexandria killed at least 47 and wounded over 120.
A similar suicide bombing at a Cairo church in December 2016 killed at least 28 worshippers.
Egypt has been suffering a rising wave of terrorist activities following the military removal of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 in response to mass protests against his one-year rule.