Daesh claims responsibility for car bomb outside Italian Consulate in Cairo
The explosion killed one person and damaged the consulate building. (AFP/File)
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The Islamic State (also known as Daesh) 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.
Sinai Province, a militant group based in Sinai that was formerly known as Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis but swore allegiance to the Islamic State last year, has claimed responsibility for many deadly attacks in Egypt, the majority aimed at security forces in North Sinai.