Egypt declares state of emergency as Sinai blast kills 30 troops

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (centre) addresses journalists following an emergency meeting of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces in Cairo, on October 25, 2014A state of emergency came into force Saturday across parts of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula as the military pounded suspected jihadists after 30 soldiers were killed in a suicide car bombing. It was the deadliest attack on the country’s security forces since the army deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year, to the fury of his supporters. The state of emergency in the north and centre of the Sinai will remain in place for three months, the president’s office said. Egypt also announced it would close the Rafah crossing into the Gaza Strip, the only route into the Palestinian territory not controlled by Israel.

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