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Cairo station fire: Train crash causes deadly blaze
  Wednesday 27 February, 2019
Cairo station fire: Train crash causes deadly blaze

At least 25 people have been killed and 50 injured after a train crash sparked a large fire at Cairo's main railway station, Egyptian state media say.

The train hit a buffer stop near the end of a busy platform at Ramses Station, which is in the city centre.

The collision caused the train's fuel tank to explode, setting the platform and nearby buildings alight.

The cause of the crash is not yet clear, but only hours later Transport Minister Hisham Arafat resigned.

During a visit to the scene, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli vowed to punish severely anyone who was found to have been negligent.

"We will identify who is responsible for the accident and they will be held accountable," he said.

President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi extended his condolences to the families of those who died and pledged to ensure that the injured received the support they needed.

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-47384443

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