Five killed as Egypt train carrying troops derails: ministry

Five people were killed and at least 43 injured on Today when a train carrying military conscripts derailed southwest of Cairo, the health ministry said.

The train carrying conscripts from south Egypt to Cairo

derailed in the Giza neighbourhood of Badrasheen, state media reported. Giza governor Ali Abdelrahman said emergency services were at the scene and ambulances were ferrying the injured to hospital. The accident is the latest in a string of transport disasters plaguing the country. In November, nearly 50 school children were killed when a

train smashed into their bus in central Egypt after a railway

signal operator fell asleep, prompting protests and

resignations.

The railway network's poor safety record stems largely

from lack of maintenance and poor management. In Egypt's

deadliest railway tragedy, the bodies of more than 360

passengers were recovered from a train after a fire in 2002. Egyptians have long complained that the government has

failed to deal with the country's chronic transport problems,

with roads as poorly maintained as railway lines.

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