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UPDATED: 29 injured in Egypt's Menoufiya train fire

Train services between Cairo and Tanta are halted after a fire on train in Menoufiya

Hana Afifi , Monday 26 Jan 2015
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Train carriages caught fire in Menoufiya, in Egypt's Nile Delta on Monday 26 January, 2015 (Photo: Ahram)
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Almost 30 people were injured when four train carriages caught fire in Menoufiya, in Egypt's Nile Delta on Monday morning.

The fire grounded train services on the Tanta-Menoufiya-Cairo line, railway spokesperson Nagwa Albert Habib told Ahram Online.

The injured were transferred to hospital, a local health official told Al-Ahram Arabic news website.

The fire took place near Shebin El-Kom city on a train travelling from Cairo to Tanta.

A huge fire on a train in Sharqiya left one dead in October 2014.

Egypt has been hit by a number of train crashes in the past years, shedding light t on its poorly maintained railway tracks.

In 2002, one of the deadliest railway tragedies in Egypt took place, as the bodies of more than 360 bodies were recovered from a train after a fire.

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