Egypt declares state of emergency in Sinai Peninsula

Israeli soldiers patrol the area near the Israeli-Egyptian border on Oct 22, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Israeli soldiers patrol the area near the Israeli-Egyptian border on Oct 22, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

CAIRO (AFP) - Egypt declared a three-month state of emergency Friday in the north and centre of the Sinai Peninsula after a suicide car bombing killed 30 soldiers, the presidency said.

The measures will begin on Saturday at 0300 GMT "for a duration of three months", the presidency said in a statement in the wake of the deadliest attack on the security forces since the army deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year.