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Newsline: One Killed In Italian Consulate Blast in Egypt

One person has been killed after a powerful explosion hit the Italian consulate in the centre of Cairo, according to Egypt’s health ministry. The force of the blast, which a security official said was caused by a car bomb, shook the building in the downtown area of Egypt’s capital. A spokesman for the health ministry said four people were wounded, with the identity of the person killed not immediately clear. There has been no claim of responsibility so far. State news agency MENA cited a witness as saying the explosion has caused widespread damage to the building, and quoted a security source who said preliminary investigations indicate the attackers placed a bomb underneath a car and remotely detonated it. Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said his country will not be intimidated by the bombing. He wrote on Twitter: “Bombing against our consulate in Cairo, there are no Italian victims. The consulate was closed at the time, but the building is located at one of the busiest intersections in Cairo, a major road that connects Ramsis Square to the heart of the city.



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