Car involved in deadly Cairo crash carried explosives

Ahram Online , Monday 5 Aug 2019

People extinguish a fire from a blast outside the National Cancer Institute, Cairo, Egypt August 4, 2019. (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt's interior ministry said in a statement on Monday that a car involved in a deadly blast caused by a traffic collision in front of the National Cancer Institute in central Cairo carried explosives that were set to be used in a terror attack.

At least 20 people were killed and 47 were injured including some in critical condition, in a blast caused by the car collision on midnight Monday in front of the NCI building in Manyal neghbourhood.

The ministry said the explosives laden vehicle was reported stolen a few months ago in Menoufiya.

According to the ministry, the vehicle was on its way to carry out a terrorist operation, although the site of the planned attack is unclear.

The ministry said that the terrorist group Hasm, which is affiliated with the banned Muslim Brotherhood, was behind the blast.  

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