CAIRO: The second line of Cairo Metro witnessed the second suicide case in two days after a man reportedly threw himself under wheels of the train heading to the Mazalat station, Youm7 reported Saturday.
The accident caused the train movements on the line to stop for 10 minutes until the body was recovered.
On Friday, a man in his thirties committed suicide by jumping in front of an approaching train at the Ataba metro station on the same line. Investigation authorities did not find identification card with the dead man; the body underwent an autopsy.
The reasons behind both incidents have not yet been disclosed.
Similar incidents of people ending their lives on the metro rails have been reported during the past months, with investigations citing financial problems and sometimes depression behind the suicides.
A shocking report by the Egyptian Foundation for the advancement of the situation of children said that at least 44 children committed suicide in Egypt in 2015, citing various reasons related to family, health, as well as fear of exams.
However, Egypt remains among states with low suicide rate, according to a 2012 report by the World Health Organization (WHO,) which stated that less than five suicide cases per 100,000 take place in the country each year.
Some refer to cultural and religious taboos behind Egypt’s low rate. The vast majority of Egyptians are Muslims, and Islam strictly prohibits suicide.
In 2014, WHO issued report that shed light on high suicide rates among youths (15-29) and those aged over 60 yrs in the Middle East region.
Additional reporting by Nourhan Magdi.