Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

Twelve injured big explosion in Egypt near Cairo airport

Egypt explosion TwitterThe explosion happened near Cairo Airport serving the Egyptian capital
Melinda Barton | 13 July, 2018, 17:27

Social media users quickly posted photos showing what appeared to be smoke and fire rising from the vicinity of the airport.

A strong explosion at a chemical tank near Cairo airport in the east of the Egyptian capital has left at least a dozen people injured, the army said on Thursday night.

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

Flights were briefly suspended while officials investigated the nature of the explosion, according to the Reuters news agency.

"Civil defence trucks were deployed to bring the fire under control", he added. However, some local residents say that flight operations have not been halted, and air-traffic-tracking website FlightRadar24 reports that Cairo's airport is still operating. Later that year, ISIS claimed responsibility for a deadly airport bombing in Brussels.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.