More fatal encounters in Egypt: Train wreck kills 24 day after counterterrorism official shot
Egypt is notorious for its poorly-kept railway system that has resulted in a growing number of fatal accidents (Reuters)
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At least 24 people have been killed and 28 wounded from a train wreck that occurred early Monday south of Cairo, according to Agence France-Presse.
The train reportedly collided with a minibus at a railway crossing after the bus tried to drive through the crossing despite the warning lights and chains that indicated a train would be passing soon.
“The bus stormed the crossing, according to initial reports. The crossing was closed with chains, there were warning lights.” Hussein Zakaria, head of the Egyptian Railway Authority told state television.
The minibus was carrying home people from a wedding, said the report.
Egypt's rails are known for their notorious "safety" record due to poor maintenance and management, with the most fatal accident leaving 360 dead in 2002 when a train caught fire.
Train services nationwide had just resumed in full only days prior to the accident after they were halted in July due to the ensuring unrest following former president Mohammed Morsi's ouster in July.
In related news from Egypt, a counterterrorism official was shot and killed late Sunday in Cairo while driving to his office, according to Agence France-Press and Al-Arabiya. The gunmen has not yet been identified by the ministry of interior. The officer, Mohammed Mabruk, had worked on files related to militant Islamist groups.
Attacks targeting security officials have been on the rise, particularly in the Sinai peninsula since Morsi's ouster. Prior to Sunday's attack, three policeman were killed near the University of Mansoura in late October in the Nile Delta region of the country.