At least 19 killed in Cairo car explosion

At least 19 killed in Cairo car explosion

Agency News

Cairo, Aug 5: At least 19 were killed and 30 others injured after multi car-crash and the ensuing explosion outside Egypt's National Cancer Institute in central Cairo, Egypt's health ministry said on Monday. A car driving against traffic on Cairo’s corniche collided with three other cars, causing the explosion on late Sunday, the ministry said. "The accident happened after a speeding car moved in the opposite direction near the National Tumour Centre, resulting in a collision with three other cars," Gulf News quoted a senior official as saying.

A powerful explosion and fire followed, gutting several other cars, witnesses told. Flames of fire and columns of smoke shrouded the areas as a result, they added. The ministry said that the injured were taken to hospitals, where they were being treated for wounds and burns. Egypt's public prosecutor is investigating the cause of the incident. (UNI)