Egypt explosion: Twelve hurt in blast near Cairo airport

Egypt explosion

People in Egypt's capital residents reporting hearing a loud explosion and then seeing red smoke rising from the factory.

Egypt's civial aviation minister Younis al-Masry concurred that the blast had occurred at fuel tanks outside the airport's perimeter.

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Local media reported several injuries, but no deaths. The airport itself was not affected by the blast and there were no immediate reports of casualties. Security sources told Reuters that the blast appeared to have taken place at a fuel-storage facility.

Egyptian state television is reporting that a fire raging as a result of the explosion had been brought under control. IT is believed to have been caused by fuel tanks.

Though there isn't any official information yet, some speculate that the explosion could somehow be connected to clashes between ISIS and Egyptian security forces in the region. Cairo International was the scene of a terrorist attack in 2015 when a passenger smuggled a bomb on to Metrojet Flight 9268. Check Aeronautics for new details as they emerge.

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