Explosion temporarily halts trains between Cairo and Zaqaziq, no casualties
Egypt's trains - YOUM7/Essam Abd el-Rahman

CAIRO: The train movement between Cairo and Zaqaziq city was temporarily halted Saturday following an explosion that caused damage to the railway track near Inshas al-Raml Village of Egypt’s Delta governorate of Shraqiya, Youm7 reported Saturday.

Explosive experts cordoned off and combed the area in anticipation of other possible explosion devices, while the railway technicians are fixing the track. The explosion caused no casualties.

In August 2014, a bomb was found in Ramses railway station where security forces evacuated passengers. In November, another bomb detonated in Ramses railway station, downtown Cairo.

Egypt’s Railway systems suffer lack of maintenance, particularly at railway crossings. In November 2012, a fatal train accident took place in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Asyut in which 50 school students were killed after a train collided with their school bus.

On Dec. 7, Egyptian Minister of Transportation Saad el-Geoushy announced that the government will replace all contracts with foreign companies to import new railway crossings that were cancelled due to “lack of seriousness.” He noted that the ministry will sign a deal with military production factories, to develop more than 500 railway crossings nationwide.

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