JOHANNESBURG – Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh el Sisi says the car explosion which killed 20 people, and wounded another 47, in central Cairo overnight Sunday was an act of terrorism, according to media reports.
A car travelling at high speed in the opposite direction to the flow of traffic on the corniche exploded outside the country’s National Cancer Institute after slamming into oncoming cars, setting a number of vehicles on fire.
Egyptian officials confirmed the vehicle had been packed with explosives.
The armed affiliate of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, the Hasm group, is reported to be behind the attack, according to the ministry of the interior and the police.
The injured were rushed to hospital with private citizens also ferrying the wounded due to a shortage of ambulances as body parts were flung around the scene.