17 dead in car explosion in central Cairo: Health Ministry

17 dead in car explosion in central Cairo: Health Ministry

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International desk, August 05:  Seventeen people have died and 32 have been injured in an explosion outside Egypt’s National Cancer Institute in central Cairo, Egypt’s health ministry said early on Monday.Local media reports quoted authorities as saying the fire was caused by an exploding gas tank inside the second floor of institute.

But Egypt’s Ministry of Interior later said in a statement that the explosion was caused by a car driving against traffic on Cairo’s corniche, colliding with three other cars.

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

A report by almasryalyoum.com said the car explosion, which happened in front of the Institute, shattered the school’s main façade.

The Health Ministry said the affected places were being evacuated.

Source: News Agencies