17 killed, 32 injured in car explosion in Egypt’s Cairo


A multi-car crash set off an explosion that ignited a fire near Egypt’s main cancer hospital and caused 19 deaths, the government said early on Monday.


The health ministry said 30 others were injured by the crash near Cairo’s famed Tahrir Square late on Sunday.

A car driving against traffic on Cairo’s corniche collided with three other cars, causing the explosion, Egypt’s interior ministry said.

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Egypt’s public prosecutor is investigating the cause of the accident, sources said, but there was no official statement indicating that the explosion was an attack.

The health ministry said the injured people were taken to hospitals for treatment.

Road accidents are common in Egypt. The country’s official statistics agency says 8,000 crashes last year caused more than 3,000 deaths and 12,000 injuries.

The incident comes after at least 16 people were injured in May when a roadside bomb hit their bus as it went past the under-construction Grand Egyptian Museum near the Great Pyramids of Giza.

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