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The Latest: Cairo explosion with 20 dead involved a car bomb

August 5, 2019
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People survey the aftermath of a fiery car crash outside the National Cancer Institute in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. The multiple-car crash set off an explosion that ignited a fire at Egypt's main cancer hospital, the government said.(AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
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People survey the aftermath of a fiery car crash outside the National Cancer Institute in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. The multiple-car crash set off an explosion that ignited a fire at Egypt's main cancer hospital, the government said.(AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on the deadly explosion in Cairo (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

Egypt’s Interior Ministry says the multiple-car crash on a Cairo street in front of the country’s main cancer hospital that killed at least 20 people involved a car bomb.

Monday’s statement by the ministry says an Islamic militant group, known as Hasm, with links with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, was driving the car with the bomb late on Sunday down the Corniche, intending to carry out a militant attack elsewhere in the country when the crash set off the bomb and the explosion took place.

President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi called the explosion a “terrorist attack.”

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1 p.m.

Egyptian authorities say a multiple-car crash on a Cairo street in front of the main cancer hospital set off an explosion that triggered a fire outside the building, killing a total of 20 people.

The government says the crash and the explosion also injured 47 others, some of whom suffered burns and broken bones though it wasn’t immediately clear if any of the casualties were inside the hospital.

The Interior Ministry said a vehicle driving against the traffic — for reasons that were not specified — had collided with up to three other cars late on Sunday, causing the explosion on the Nile-side street, the city’s famous Corniche. At least 54 patients were evacuated to other hospitals while the fire was later brought under control.