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19 killed as Egypt train carrying troops derails: Ministry

Published on Jan 15, 2013 8:38 PM
 
Men walk beside the wreckage of a military train crash in the Giza neighbourhood of Badrashin, about 40km west of Cairo on Jan 15, 2013.  A train carrying military conscripts derailed south-west of Cairo on Tuesday, killing 19 people and wounding 107, the health ministry said, highlighting the country's chronic transport problems. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

CAIRO (AFP) - A train carrying military conscripts derailed southwest of Cairo on Tuesday, killing 19 people and wounding 107, the health ministry said, highlighting the country's chronic transport problems.

The train was taking young recruits from south Egypt to a military camp in Cairo when two carriages went off the rails shortly after midnight in the Giza neighbourhood of Badrasheen, officials said.

More than 60 ambulances were sent to the site of the accident, where rescuers extracted survivors and bodies from the twisted heap of metal on the side of the rails.

Prime Minister Hesham Qandeel was met with howls of outrage when he arrived at the scene, with local residents shouting, "You have blood on your hands, Mr. Hesham." His security quickly whisked him away, an AFP photographer said.

 
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