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Blast at Cairo chemical site injures 12: army

AFP  |  Cairo 

A strong explosion at a near airport in the east of the Egyptian capital has left at least a dozen people injured, the has said.

Witnesses last night reported the blast after hearing a loud noise, and images of flames and smoke were shared on

Security sources said the 12 injured people were taken to hospital for treatment.

said on an "increase in heat" caused the explosion, which took place at a company specialising in "chemical industries" in an area controlled by the

The area was cordoned off by a strong police presence, according to an on site, who said fire engines and emergency vehicles were sent to fight the flames and help the wounded.

The denied that the explosion took place inside the airport, as indicated by some witnesses.

"Air traffic continues," said in a statement.

"Departing and arriving flights are not affected," he added.

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 05:35 IST