32 passengers killed, over 160 injured as two trains collide in Egypt

32 passengers killed, over 160 injured as two trains collide in Egypt

Pictures showed train carriages derailed, several of them badly damaged, above a channel of water, as crowds looked on.

At least 32 people were killed and 165 injured when two trains collided in central Egypt on Friday, health ministry officials said, as the prime minister admitted the country's rail network urgently needed modernising.

"Unknown individuals" triggered the emergency brakes on one of the trains causing it to stop, the rail authority said. The second train, which was travelling in the same direction, crashed into the first from behind, it added.

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Pictures showed train carriages derailed, several of them badly damaged, above a channel of water, as crowds looked on.

President Abdel-Fattah Al Sisi mourned the victims of the crash in a statement posted on his official social media and said those responsible would be punished.

"Anyone who caused this painful accident through negligence or corruption, or anything similar, must receive a deterrent punishment without exception or delay," he said in a tweet.

Sisi also told Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly to head to the site of the crash with the ministers of health and social solidarity, state television reported.

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