Egypt’s Cairo explosion kills one after outside Italian Consulate

July 11, 2015 9:30 am

An explosion Saturday morning in downtown killed at least one
person and heavily damaged the building housing the Italian Consulate.
Heath Ministry official Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar told The Associated Press that at least one person was killed in the blast.

An Egyptian security official said one civilian and one policeman were also injured.

An Egyptian security official said one civilian and one policeman were also injured.
An Italian embassy official said the consulate was closed at the time
of the explosion and no staff members were injured. Both officials
spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to brief the
media.
The blast ruptured underground water pipes, flooding the
area. The security official said the exact cause was still unclear. The
state-owned Agency quoted a security official as saying
investigators are looking into whether an explosive device was placed
under a car parked near the building.
The explosion struck one of
the busiest intersections in Cairo, a major artery that connects Ramsis
Square to the heart of downtown Cairo. Even before 7 a.m. on a weekend
in the middle of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, the area around
the blast would have been crowded with cars, pedestrians and mini-buses.

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