Cairo hit by deadly explosion

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An explosion outside Egypt’s National Cancer Institute (NCI) killed 17 people and injured 32, Egypt’s health ministry said Monday.

The ministry said the explosion was caused by a car driving against traffic, colliding with three other cars.

State-run Cairo University, which hosts the NCI, denied claims that the explosion had taken place inside the center or that the fire had spread to the center, as initially speculated.

The institute is in an area of Cairo that also includes several government offices, including the Justice Ministry building.

At least 16 people died in an explosion at National Cancer Institute in Cairo
People look on at the damage left by a fire from a blast at the National Cancer Institute, Cairo, Egypt. EPA-EFE/KHALED ELFIQI

Via Reuters/ Al Jazeera

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