A bomb exploded in front of the Italian consulate early Saturday morning killing only one person and wounding four others in downtown Cairo, an Egyptian security official said.
The car detonated on the move when it exploded in front of the Italian consulate on one of Cairo’s oldest streets according to the Civil Protection authorities.
The force of the explosion caused visible damage to the building itself and to adjacent buildings rupturing underground water pipes which flooded the entire area. A huge cloud of smoke rose from where the blast was seen, MENA report citing witnesses.
According to France 24, five people were wounded in the blast including two policemen and three pedestrians.
No claims group took immediate responsibility for the attack.
Italy will not be intimidated by the deadly bombing of its consulate in Cairo, Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said on Saturday.
Bomba al nostro Consolato al #Cairo. Non risultano vittime italiane. Vicini alle persone colpite e al personale. Italia non si fa intimidire
— Paolo Gentiloni (@PaoloGentiloni) July 11, 2015
"Bombing against our consulate in Cairo, there are no Italian victims," Gentiloni tweeted shortly after the attack. "Our thoughts are with the people affected and with our personnel."