Egypt says 14 killed in road accident

Road accidents are common in Egypt, often the result of badly maintained roads and the poor enforcement of traffic laws. (File/AFP)
Updated 12 June 2019

Egypt says 14 killed in road accident

CAIRO: Egypt says a car crash has left 14 people dead and 10 others injured in the capital, Cairo.
The county’s ambulance authority said in a statement the accident took place Wednesday when two microbuses crashed on a highway in the southern suburb of Helwan.
The statement says the injured were taken to nearby hospitals for emergency treatment.
Road accidents are common in Egypt, often the result of badly maintained roads and the poor enforcement of traffic laws.
The country’s official statistics agency says more than 8,000 road accidents took place in 2018, that left over 3,000 dead, and around 12,000 wounded.


Car bomb kills Kurdish police officer in northeast Syria

Updated 3 min 55 sec ago

Car bomb kills Kurdish police officer in northeast Syria

  • Car bomb was detonated by ‘remote control’ near a school
  • There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, the latest to hit Kurdish-held areas of northeast Syria

QAMISHLI, Syria: A car bomb killed a police officer and wounded two other people Sunday in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeast Syria, police said, the second such attack in just over a month.
Kurdish police spokesman Ali Al-Hassan said the car bomb was detonated by “remote control” near a school, “killing a member of our (police) forces.”
An AFP correspondent at the scene said the car exploded as a Kurdish police patrol drove by, not far from a Syrian army position.
Firefighters rushed to the scene to put out a blaze that spread from the vehicle to nearby trees, the correspondent said, adding that debris and traces of blood littered the ground.
Syrian state news agency SANA said the car bombing caused casualties but did not give further details.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor reported that a member of the Kurdish Asayesh security forces was killed in the bombing.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, the latest to hit Kurdish-held areas of northeast Syria.
In July a car bombing near a church in Qamishli wounded several people. Another one in June near Kurdish security offices in the city injured seven people, including a child.
Syria’s Kurds have led the US-backed fight in the war-torn country against the Daesh group, which continues to claim attacks despite losing its last patch of territory earlier this year.
The militants have vowed to avenge their defeat at the hands of Kurdish-led forces and maintain a presence in Syria’s vast Badia desert as well as in the east and northeast of the country.
Kurdish forces control most of Qamishli while Syrian government troops are deployed in the city’s Arab quarters and around the airport.