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At least 55 injured as train derails in Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) – At least 55 people were injured on Friday when a passenger train derailed south of Egypt’s capital Cairo, an assistant to the health minister told state television.

A police officer stands guard in front of a passenger train which derailed in al-Badrasheen area of Giza province, south of Egypt’s capital Cairo, Egypt July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

“Most of the injuries are minor,” Ahmed Mohei said.

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Three carriages on a train headed to the southern province of Qena went off-track, state news agency MENA said citing a transport ministry statement.

Public Prosecutor Nabil Sadek ordered a investigation into the accident, the cause of which remains unknown.

Egyptians have long complained that governments have failed to enforce safety on the antiquated rail network.

Reporting by Ahmed Tolba and Mahmoud Mourad; Writing by Nadine Awadalla; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg

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