19 killed in car explosion in Cairo

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At least 19 people were killed and 30 others injured in an explosion outside Egypt’s National Cancer Institute.

Reports say a car driving against traffic collided with three cars on Sunday night on Nile Corniche Street in Cairo and triggered a massive explosion and a fire.

But why the crash caused such a large explosion was not immediately clear. It also was not clear if the casualties were all from the vehicles. Those injured in the explosion were taken to hospitals and legal action will be taken in the case, Egypt’s Interior Ministry said.

At least three victims were in critical condition, the Health Ministry said, and 54 patients at the institute were evacuated to other hospitals because of the fire, according to Al-Ahram news.

Images showed smoke billowing as firefighters worked to extinguish the fire at the scene of the accident on Sunday night.

 

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