Islamic State claims responsibility for Italian consulate explosion in Egypt

Ahram Online , Saturday 11 Jul 2015

Italian Consulate
Workers clear rubble at the site of an explosion near the Italian Consulate in downtown, Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, July 11, 2015 (AP)

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a car bomb that exploded outside the Italian Consulate in Cairo on Saturday, killing one person and injuring ten. 

"With God's grace, the Islamic State's soldiers succeeded in a car bombing which contained 450 kilograms of explosive materials in front of the Italian Consulate in downtown Cairo," the Islamic State said in a statement published on its Twitter account early on Saturday evening.

"We recommend Muslims stay away from those security dens, because they are targets for the jihadists," the Arabic statement read.

The explosion, which took place at 6:25am CMT, badly damaged the consulate building, which is closed Fridays and Saturdays.

The timing of the explosion on Saturday morning may have limited the number of casualties as the area is usually busier during working days.

The Islamic state group's affiliate in Sinai, Sinai Province, a militant group based in the peninsula, has claimed responsibility for many deadly attacks against security forces in North Sinai.

Last week, a concerted attack by the IS group on army posts in North Sinai left 21 soldiers dead and tens injured.


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