Deadly car explosion hits central Cairo: Health ministry | Egypt News

At least 19 people were killed and 30 others injured in an explosion outside Egypt’s National Cancer Institute in central Cairo, Egypt’s health ministry said early on Monday.

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

Videos posted online showed fire tenders trying to control a massive fire that damaged several cars.

Egypt’s public prosecutor is investigating the cause of the incident, sources told Reuters news agency. There was no official statement indicating that the explosion was an attack.

Sources told Al Jazeera that a team of prosecutors, criminal laboratory and bomb experts has arrived at the scene of the explosion.

أعلنت وزارة الصحة المصرية سقوط 19 قتيلا وأكثر من 30 جريحا في حادث تصادم بين عدد من السيارات، نتج عنه انفجارفي بمحيط معهد الأورام بمنطقة المَنيل وسط القاهرة، مشيرة إلى أن المصابين يتلقون العلاج حاليا في عدد من المستشفيات.

من جهتها قالت وزارة الداخلية في بيان إنّه “حال سير إحدى السيارات الملاكي (الخاصة) مسرعة عكس الاتجاه بطريق الخطأ في شارع كورنيش النيل أمام معهد الأورام بدائرة قسم شرطة السيدة زينب، اصطدمت بالمواجهة بثلاث سيارات، الأمر الذي أدّى إلى حدوث انفجار نتيجة الاصطدام”.

وأمر النائب العام المصري بالتحقيق في سبب الحادث، وأمر فريقا من النيابة بالتوجه إلى موقع الحادث لجلاء أسبابه، لكن لم يرد بيان رسمي يشير إلى أن الانفجار ناجم عن هجوم.

وأظهرت مقاطع فيديو حصلت عليها الجزيرة سيارات الإطفاء وهي تحاول السيطرة على حريق هائل. كما أظهرت عدداً من السيارات الخاصة المتلفة نتيجة الانفجار.

وأكدت مصادر للجزيرة وصول فريق من النيابة, وخبراء المعمل الجنائي, ورجال المفرقعات لمنطقة الانفجار.

المصدر : الجزيرة + وكالات

Al Jazeera and news agencies


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