Young man commits suicide in Cairo metro
Cairo metro - YOUM7

CAIRO: A young man committed suicide Friday by jumping in front of an approaching train at the Ataba metro station in Cairo, Youm7 reported.

The man was confirmed dead immediately, and his body was recovered for an autopsy.

The second metro line running between El-Mounib and Shubra witnessed a temporary halt to train movement earlier on Friday following the accident.

During the past months, several incidents of people who committed suicide by jumping in front of a metro train at a Cairo station have been reported.

News reports cited reasons like financial problems and depression as behind the suicides. However, Egypt remains among states with a relatively low rate of suicide, recording less than five cases per 100,000 each year, according to World Health Organization (WHO) in 2012.

Some refer to cultural and religious taboos as behind Egypt’s low rate. The vast majority of Egyptians are Muslims, and Islam strictly prohibits suicide.

Additional reporting by Nourhan Magdi and Ahmed Ismail

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