At least 20 dead in explosion outside Cairo hospital

At least 20 people were killed and 47 injured in an explosion resulting from a car crash outside Egypt's National Cancer Institute in central Cairo, the Health Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

Some 42 ambulances were dispatched to the blast site to attend to the wounded, with injuries ranging from burns and cuts, the ministry said in a statement, adding that four patients remain in intensive care while about 45 others have been evacuated to other hospitals.

The blast occurred around midnight local time when a car driving against traffic on Cairo's Nile corniche road collided with three other cars, the Interior Ministry said in a separate statement.

Following the explosion, investigators scoured the scene amid a heavy police presence. The hospital building showed apparent damage up to the third floor, according to Reuters, which also quoted sources as saying that Egypt's public prosecutor is investigating the incident.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

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