19 dead in car explosion in central Cairo

19 dead in car explosion in central Cairo

People extinguish a fire from a blast outside the National Cancer Institute, Cairo
People extinguish a fire from a blast outside the National Cancer Institute, Cairo, Egypt on Aug 4, 2019. REUTERS/Shokry Hussien

CAIRO: Nineteen people died and 30 were injured in an explosion resulting from a car crash in central Cairo, Egypt's health ministry said on Monday (Aug 5).

There was no official statement indicating that the explosion was an attack.

The blast happened when a car driving against traffic on Cairo's Nile corniche road collided with three other cars, the interior ministry said in a separate statement.

People look on at the damage left by a fire from a blast outside the National Cancer Institute, Cai
People look on at the damage left by a fire from a blast outside the National Cancer Institute, Cairo, Egypt on Aug 5, 2019. REUTERS/Shokry Hussien

It triggered a blaze that forced the partial evacuation of a nearby hospital, National Cancer Institute, the health ministry said.

Shortly after the explosion, blazing cars could be seen in the roadway as passers-by struggled to help the injured.

Later in the morning, investigators scoured the scene amid a heavy police presence. The hospital building showed apparent damage up to the third floor, a Reuters witness said.

Egypt's public prosecutor is investigating the incident, sources told Reuters.

Source: Reuters/ga

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