A huge explosion hit the Italian Consulate in Cairo on Saturday early morning, killing one person and wounding at least 10 others.
Security officials said that an IED planted in a nearby parked car went off around 6 a.m. just outside the Italian Consulate, destroying parts of the building.
Spokesman of Egyptian Health Ministry, Hossam Abdul Ghaffar, said that 8 out of the 10 wounded have already left the hospital after receiving the appropriate medical care. The identity of the dead remains unknown.
Remains of the car were found near the area of the explosion.
Italian Foreign Minister, Paolo Gentiloni, confirmed that none on the staff has been injured since the consulate was closed at the time of the explosion, vowing that “Italy won’t be intimidated by the attack”.
No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
Egypt has recently witnessed a rising wave of violence between the government forces and Islamic militants. Less than two weeks ago, the country’s top prosecutor was assassinated in a car bomb near his home in Cairo. Days later, ISIS-affiliated fighters launched coordinated attacks on army checkpoints in the northern province of Sinai, killing at least 60 soldiers.
Supporters of the ousted president Mohammed Morsi are accused of stirring violence across the country since anti- Muslim Brotherhood regime toppled Morsi in mid-2013.