CAIRO: A man has committed suicide by jumping in front of metro train at downtown Cairo’s Ahmed Orabi station, Youm7 reported Thursday.
Youm7 quoted sources who said the man threw himself in front of the train and was announced dead instantly. However, motives behind the suicide have not been disclosed.
The station has witnessed overcrowding Thursday noon, and the police evacuated commuters at the two sides to lift the man’s body.
The train movement was halted for 10 minutes following the accident.
Similar incidents of people ending their lives on the metro rails have been reported during the past months, with investigations citing financial problems and depression behind some of the suicide cases, while the victims’ identity and motives remained ambiguous in others.
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.