25 dead in blaze at Cairo train station

Twenty people were killed and 40 others injured in a fire at Egypt's busiest railway station Wednesday morning, the country's health ministry said according to state TV.

Railway authorities say a railcar rammed into a barrier inside the station causing an explosion of the fuel tank and triggering a huge blaze that engulfed that part of the station.

Photographs on social media showed clouds of black smoke billowing from the building in central Cairo.

Security sources told Reuters news agency that there was no indication the crash was deliberate.

"Everyone started running but a lot of people died after the locomotive exploded".

In August 2017, 43 people were killed and more than 100 injured when two passenger trains collided outside the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria. "The scene was terrifying".

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The fire is believed to have been caused by the explosion of a fuel tank on a train heading into Ramses station in downtown Cairo.

"Any person found to be negligent will be held accountable and it will be severe", Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli said as he arrived at the site.

Egypt has one of the oldest and largest rail networks in the region and accidents causing casualties have been common.

Egyptians have long complained that successive governments have failed to enforce basic safety standards for the railways.

"I don't know when these train accidents will end".

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