Pakistan condoles with Egypt after deadly train derailment

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan extended its condolences to Egypt on Monday, a day after 11 people were killed and 98 injured in a train accident in Egypt’s Qalioubia province north of Cairo.

“We convey our deepest sympathies on the tragic train accident in Egypt,” Foreign Office (FO) said in a Tweet on Monday.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the government, the brotherly people of Egypt and the families of those who have lost their lives,” the statement said. “We wish quick recovery to the injured.”

The train was heading from Cairo to the Nile Delta city of Mansoura when four carriages derailed at 1:54 pm, about 40 kilometers north of Cairo, Egyptian National Railways said in a short statement. The cause of the accident is being investigated, it added.

The derailing is the latest of several recent railway crashes in Egypt. At least 20 people were killed and nearly 200 were injured in March when two trains collided near Tahta, about 440 kilometers south of Cairo.

Fifteen people were injured this month when two train carriages derailed near Minya al-Qamh city, about 70 kilometers north of Cairo.

Egypt’s transportation minister Kamel El-Wazir has faced calls to resign from some Egyptians on social media. He has rejected these and vowed to keep working on developing the ageing rail network.

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