At least 19 people were killed and 30 people were injured in multiple car explosions outside Egypt’s National Cancer Institute in Cairo.

Quoting a statement from the country’s Interior Ministry, state-run Al-Ahram news agency said a car driving against traffic collided with three other cars on Sunday night on Nile Corniche Street in Cairo and triggered an explosion and a fire. 

The statement said all those injured in the explosion have been taken to hospitals and legal action will be taken in the case.

 Three victims are reportedly in critical condition and the Health Ministry said 54 patients were evacuated to other hospitals because of the fire which broke out after the explosions. 

Images which appeared online showed thick smoke billowing as firefighters struggled to extinguish the blaze at the scene of the accident.

Egyptian and Liverpool forward, Mohamed Salah was among the people who offered their condolences to the families of victims and those who were injured.

“My full support and condolence to families of the victims and those injured in the explosion of the Oncology Institute,” the celebrated player wrote on Twitter.