Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Large explosion near Cairo International Airport

Large explosion near Cairo International Airport

Witnesses reported the blast after hearing a loud noise, and images of flames and smoke were shared on social media.

According to Military Spokesperson Tamer al-Rifai, preliminary reports suggest the explosion took place due to the high temperature caused by the hot weather.

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"Civil defence trucks were deployed to bring the fire under control", he added.

The nighttime explosion at the warehouse roughly three kilometres from the airport could be heard across Cairo, shaking windows and setting off vehicle alarms.

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The Minister of Civil aviation issued an official statement in which he said that the incident did, indeed, occur outside of the airport, at a fuel tanker, near the Joseph Tito axe, and that all flights were resuming as scheduled.

State news agency MENA quoted a security source as saying that 12 people were taken to a hospital after the blast, which occurred in a storage facility belonging to a local petrochemicals company outside the airport in the northern part of the capital. The country has been targeted by militant groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamic State (ISIS) in recent years, especially after the 2013 ousting of short-lived Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, who himself replaced longtime leader President Hosni Mubarak a year after the January 2011 revolution. Later that year, ISIS claimed responsibility for a deadly airport bombing in Brussels. There is no information available on possible injuries or fatalities.

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