1 killed, 9 injured in blast at Italian Consulate in Egypt
Cairo: At least one person was killed and nine others injured today in a powerful explosion outside the Italian consulate in the Egyptian capital.
Health Ministry spokesperson Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar confirmed the death of one person in the blast caused by a bomb that had been planted in a car parked near the consulate in central Cairo.
The bomb caused interior damage to the entrance of the Italian consulate and some facades of surrounding buildings. The explosion ruptured underground water pipes, flooding the area. The security forces have cordoned off the area.
No group claimed responsibility for the blast.
Islamist militants have carried out roadside bombs and suicide attacks which have so far targeted members of the security forces and officials.
A car bomb killed Egypt’s top public prosecutor recently and militants affiliated to Islamic State attacked several military checkpoints in North Sinai, in what was the fiercest fighting in the region in years.
The army said 17 soldiers and more than 100 militants were killed in those clashes.