The explosion in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, in which twenty people were killed late last night, was a deliberate attack with a car bomb. The car was full of explosives, says the Egyptian Ministry of the Interior.

According to the ministry, the attack was prepared by Hasm, a terror group affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood banned under President Sisi. It would have been the intention to detonate the explosives elsewhere in the country. The president spoke of a “terrorist attack”.

The Hasm group denies being responsible.

The car hit the traffic at high speed and bumped into three cars, after which the explosion took place. This happened just before a hospital specialized in cancer, which had to be evacuated in part. Dozens of people were injured.

Initially, an accident was thought of. It was suspected that the oxygen cylinder in one of the cars caused the explosion.

Attacks in Egypt outside the Sinai Peninsula, where Islamic terrorist groups are active, have been relatively scarce in recent years. In May, twelve, mostly South African tourists, were injured in an attack on a bus near the pyramids of Giza, near Cairo. Four Vietnamese tourists died in the same area at the end of last year in a bus attack.

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