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UPDATE 3-Nineteen dead in explosion due to Cairo car crash - ministry

Reuters | Cairo | Updated: 05-08-2019 13:15 IST | Created: 05-08-2019 13:08 IST
UPDATE 3-Nineteen dead in explosion due to Cairo car crash - ministry
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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.

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.

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.


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