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Heath Ministry: 17 dead in car explosion in central Cairo

Security forces take measures at the scene after a roadside bomb killed two tourists and injured 12 others in western Cairo, Egypt on 28 December 2018. [Stringer - Anadolu Agency]
Security forces take measures at the scene after a roadside bomb killed two tourists and injured 12 others in western Cairo, Egypt on 28 December 2018. [Stringer - Anadolu Agency]

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, Reuters reports.

A car driving against traffic on Cairo’s corniche collided with three other cars, causing the explosion, Egypt’s interior ministry said in a statement.

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.

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