Blast at Italian Consulate in Cairo kills 1

An explosion in downtown Cairo outside the Italian Consulate on Saturday morning killed at least one person, Egyptian officials said. 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 Italian embassy official said the consulate was

closed at the time of the explosion and no staff members were injured. The blast ruptured underground water pipes, flooding the area. The security official said the exact cause was still unclear. The state-owned Middle East News Agency quoted a security official as saying investigators are looking into whether an explosive device was placed under a car parked near the building.



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