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Egyptian man commits suicide leaping in front of Metro train in Cairo

This is the latest in a series of suicides in underground Metro stations in recent months

Ahram Online, Sunday 7 Oct 2018
File photo: People riding the underground in Cairo (Reuters)
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An Egyptian man committed suicide by throwing himself in front of an oncoming underground train in Cairo late Saturday, according to the Metro operation company.

The man died instantly at Cairo University Station in west Cairo, the company said in a statement.

Metro operations delayed as a result of the incident.

This is the latest in a series of suicides in underground Metro stations in recent months.

At least seven people attempted to commit suicide on the subway system over the past four months, five of whom died.

Last month, a 41-year-old man and a teenage girl jumped in front of moving subway trains in two separate incidents at the Downtown Cairo Nasser Station and Ezbet El-Nakhl Station respectively. The man survived but had one of his legs amputated, and the girl suffered several injuries.

Metro spokesman Ahmed Abdeh Hady said the Metro system incurs substantial losses after each suicide incident, and that the network has mounted surveillance systems on platforms across all stations.

An Egyptian psychologist last month suggested setting up psychological advice kiosks at Cairo Metro stations, as a measure to combat the rising number of suicides on the subway system.

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