Worrying development in Egypt, which was last week hit by a huge Islamic State attack in the Sinai Peninsula:
A loud blast was heard by residents of Cairo, Egypt, early on Saturday morning. According to Twitter posts, a car bomb went off at the Italian consulate in Cairo.
The blast comes days after a bomb blast killed the country’s top public prosecutor… Some Twitter posts said that at least one person has been killed in Saturday’s blast.
injured at least five people, including two police officers and three passer-bys, AFP reported.
The Egyptian MENA state news agency said the explosion was big and happened in front of the consulate.
The blast partially destroyed the facade of the building, photos from the scene showed. It was caused by a car bomb, according to Al Arabiya.
Egypt has seen a number of bomb attacks over the past months.
The Egyptian military-imposed government is fighting against Islamist groups after a 2013 coup that ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. The violence is mostly localized in the turbulent Sinai Peninsula, but bombings and attacks on security checkpoints occasionally happen in other parts of the country.
At least four journalists have been detained by Egyptian police at the scene of the explosion.