Egypt: Explosion outside Cairo hospital involved a car bomb – 20 killed in the blast

Egypt: Explosion outside Cairo hospital involved a car bomb - 20 killed in the blast

A multiple-car crash on a Cairo street in front of the country’s main cancer hospital that killed at least 20 people and wounded 45 others, involved a car bomb.

The explosion happened when a car laden with explosives which had been traveling against the traffic hit three others.

Dozens of patients from the nearby National Cancer Institute were evacuated to other hospitals. Several people caught up in the blast were in a critical condition.

Egypt’s Interior Ministry says a Muslim terrorist member of Hasm, a branch of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood terror group, was driving the car with the bomb late on Sunday down the Corniche, intending to carry out a terror attack elsewhere in the country when the crash set off the bomb and the explosion took place.

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The Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, issued a statement offering condolences to the victims and condemning the terror attack. “The Egyptian state is determined to confront acts of terrorism and uproot them, with all its institutions,” he wrote.