Large explosion near Cairo International Airport

Explosion in Cairo

The blast went off just before 23:00 local time on July 12.

A large explosion was heard in Cairo on Thursday evening.

Egyptian state television reported that firefighters had brought the fire under control. He has not offered any additional information.

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"Because of high temperature, one of the petrochemical vessels exploded", the spokesman said in a statement on Facebook. At the time of writing, eight injuries have been recorded. IT is believed to have been caused by fuel tanks. In February 2015 authorities discovered bombs planted at the Cairo International Airport on the same day that a blast killed a man in Egypt's second city of Alexandria. According to Reuters, officials had suspended all flights from the airport while they investigate the cause of the blast, but Egyptian member of parliament Mustafa Bakri later wrote on Twitter that normal operations had resumed.

Though there isn't any official information yet, some speculate that the explosion could somehow be connected to clashes between ISIS and Egyptian security forces in the region.

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