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Collision Involving Explosive-laden Car Kills 20, Wounds Dozens in Cairo
Onlookers and Egyptian security forces gather in Cairo around a charred car, which was rigged with explosives. (Aly Fahim/AFP/Getty Images)

Collision Involving Explosive-laden Car Kills 20, Wounds Dozens in Cairo

Twenty people were killed and 47 wounded outside Cairo’s main cancer hospital, when a car packed with explosives collided with three other vehicles. “It is estimated that the car was being transported to a location for use in the execution of a terrorist operation,” the Egyptian Interior Ministry said in a statement, which blamed the incident on the Hasm terror group. Egypt accuses Hasm, which emerged in 2016 and has since claimed several attacks, of being a wing of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. Egyptian security forces have for years been waging a counter-insurgency campaign against extremists, including an Islamic State affiliate, in the Sinai Peninsula. Following the latest incident, President Abdel al-Fattah el-Sisi expressed his condolences to the families of those killed and pledged to eradicate such “brutal terrorism.”

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