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Hot air balloon explosion kills 19 tourists in Egypt

CAIRO (AFP) – A hot air balloon exploded as it was flying over Egypt s ancient temple city of Luxor on Tuesday, killing 19 people including tourists from Hong Kong, Japan, France and Britain, a security official said.

“Nineteen people died,” the official told AFP.

The balloon which was carrying 21 people was flying at 300 metres (yards) over Qurna, in Luxor s West Bank, when it caught fire before exploding, the official said.

The two survivors, including the balloon s pilot, have been taken to hospital, he said.

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