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12 injured in fuel tank explosions near Cairo worldwide airport

13 July 2018, 05:27 | Devin Moran

TwitterThe explosion happened near Cairo Airport serving the Egyptian capital

Egypt explosion

Images shared on social media show large plumes of smoke rising up in the air.

Al Arabiya reported that the explosion took place near the airport's main fuel storage facility. The Civil Aviation Minister said air movement at Cairo airport wasunaffected after the blast, contradicting earlier unconfirmed reports.

Civil Defense Forces have managed to contain the fire that broke out due to an explosion at the Heliopolis For Chemical Industries Company outside the Cairo International Airport's perimeters on Thursday evening.

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.




Reuters also reported that flights had been suspended while the explosion was investigated.

Egypt is battling an Islamist militant insurgency that has carried out attacks, mainly in the remote Sinai Peninsula, where the army has been conducting a security operation since February.

Local officials said traffic at the airport remained unaffected.



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