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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi gives an address after the gunmen attack in Minya, at the Ittihadiya presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, May 26, 2017 REUTERS

Cairo- Egypt will extend a national state of emergency for three months after the government approved President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s proposal to do so.

While the Egyptian authorities captured a terrorist cell that adopts the ISIS intellect and arrested its members who possessed explosives inside an apartment in Agouza, the Ministry of Interior announced the death of seven terrorists involved in targeting the Coptic Christians in Assiut.

Following the blasts that targeted two churches in Tanta and Alexandria, killing 45 people and wounding 128, the Egyptian cabinet approved Sisi’s decision to declare the state of emergency in Egypt for three months on April 10.

According to the Egyptian constitution, declaring the state of emergency is often for a period that doesn’t exceed three months and can’t be extended for more than three other months, following the approval of two thirds of the parliament’s members.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior arrested four ISIS members, including cell leader.

Giza Security Directorate national security sector revealed that four individuals who adopt the extremist intellect were captured, possessing explosives, wires, sim cards and some tools used in making belts and explosive charges.

The public prosecution investigations revealed that the suspects formed a terrorist cell and were planning to target vital, public and religious institutions in Giza.

The ministry also announced the death of seven terrorists in desert training camps in the center of the country – in its statement, the ministry said that this is part of its efforts related to tracking down fugitive terrorist members who are involved in the violence that the country witnessed during the past period.