Massive fuel tank explosion rocks Cairo airport

Egypt explosion

TwitterThe explosion happened near Cairo Airport serving the Egyptian capital

The outskirts of Cairo International Airport have reportedly been rocked by an explosion that lit up the Egyptian capital's sky and caused emergency services to rush toward the scene.

Witnesses reported the blast after hearing a loud noise, and images of flames and smoke were shared on social media. The minister also denied initial reports that air traffic at the airport was affected.

The blast is believed to have been the result of two fuel storage tanks, owned by a petrochemical company, catching fire and exploding outside the airport perimeter.

According to State TV, the civil defense team has brought fire at Cairo fuel tanks near airport under control.

All flights were temporarily suspended while an investigation into the blast took place.

Egypt is battling an Islamist militant insurgency that has carried out attacks, mainly in the remote Sinai Peninsula, where the army has been conducting a security operation since February.

"Air traffic continues", Ministry spokesman Bassem Abdel Karim said in a statement.

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