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12 injured in fuel tank explosion near Egypt's Cairo airport

13 Jul 2018, 02:33 ( 10 Months ago)

DF-Xinhua Report
Photo taken on July 12, 2018 shows the traffic jam on a way to Cairo Airport in Cairo, Egypt. An explosion was heard near Cairo Airport on Thursday. Photo Xinhua by Wu Huiwo.

Twelve people were injured in a fuel tank explosion near Egypt's Cairo International Airport on Thursday night, but the air traffic was not affected.

   Security sources told the state-run MENA news agency that the blast occurred in Cairo's heliopolis district.

   Two tanks that belong to a petrochemical company exploded outside the airport, said Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Mohamed Younis al-Masri in a statement.

   All domestic and international flights have been operating normally, he said.

   The minister added that the explosion was caused by high temperature and the fire was under control.