16 dead in petrol bomb attack on Cairo disco

December 4, 2015 11:25 am
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A man escaping scene of fire in Bangladesh/FILE
A man escaping scene of fire in Bangladesh/FILE
CAIRO, Dec 4 – Police said they did not immediately know the motive behind the firebombing in the Agouza neighbourhood of the Egyptian capital.

A petrol bomb attack on a Cairo disco killed at least 16 people and wounded two in the early hours of Friday as a blaze broke out, police said.

Police launched a manhunt after the perpetrators fled the scene of the firebombing in the Agouza neighbourhood of the Egyptian capital.

An initial toll had put the number of deaths at 12.

A thick cloud of smoke was seen billowing from the fire-ravaged nightclub.

According to a security source, the attack appeared to have been the result of a dispute between employees of the nightclub and a group of youths.

While Egypt is regularly hit by extremist violence, particularly targeting security forces, attacks on nightclubs are rare.

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