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Cairo Train Accident Leaves 25 Dead


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(CAIRO, EGYPT)

In the early hours of February 27th, a brake malfunction caused one of the city’s trains to collide with a buffer stop, causing the fuel tank to catch fire and ultimately explode in flames.

The train station was damaged and nearby commercial buildings were also set ablaze by the damage. In an early estimate, Egyptian authorities reported over 25 dead and over 50 injuries.

Despite the explosion, the cause of the fire damage is not clearly known as surveillance footage has not been disclosed publicly.

The event was seen as high profile and warranted responses from politicians. Prime Minister of Egypt Mostafa Madbouli made a visit to the scene shortly after and offered condolences to the families of the victims affected. He also vowed to avenge those responsible and blamed Cairo’s transportation ministry.

Hours later, the Transport Minister Hisham Arafat resigned from his position in the Egyptian cabinet.

Egypt’s transportation network is one of the worst in the world, BBC reports, with similar incidents occurring frequently over the past decade.

 

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Cairo Train Accident Leaves 25 Dead