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By Charlene Gubash

CAIRO — At least 16 people were killed after a nightclub was firebombed in Cairo early Friday, officials said.

Egypt's Ministry of Interior said "preliminary information" indicated that the incident was a "revenge" attack, which came about after a disagreement between staff at the venue and the perpetrators.

At least one Molotov cocktail was thrown into the nightclub, which is located in the Giza area of the capital, according to the ministry. It did not provide any information on the attackers.

"Legal measures have been taken and forensic evidence gathered in order to complete the investigation and arrest suspects," it said in a statement.

Egyptian security officials at the nightclub on Friday.KHALED ELFIQI / EPA
Alexander Smith contributed.