Blast at Cairo chemical site injures 12: army

CAIRO: A strong explosion at a chemical tank near Cairo airport in the east of the Egyptian capital has left at least a dozen people injured, the army said on Thursday night.

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

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Security sources said the 12 injured people were taken to hospital for treatment.

Army spokesperson Tamer el-Refai said on Twitter an “increase in heat” caused the explosion, which took place at a company specialising in “chemical industries” in an area controlled by the army.

The area was cordoned off by a strong police presence, according to an AFP correspondent on site, who said fire engines and emergency vehicles were sent to fight the flames and help the wounded.

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The Department of Civil Aviation denied that the explosion took place inside the airport, as indicated by some witnesses.

“Air traffic continues,” Ministry spokesperson Bassem Abdel Karim said in a statement.

“Departing and arriving flights are not affected,” he added.

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