“Italy is not intimidated,” said Italy’s Foreign Affairs Minister Paolo Gentiloni. But Italy is under siege from Islamic jihadists who hold the same beliefs as those who bombed the consulate; they’re entering Europe with the flood of “refugees” from Libya. If Italy is not intimidated, it needs to act quickly.
Cairo (CNN) A car bomb exploded outside the Italian Consulate in downtown Cairo early Saturday morning, killing at least one person and significantly damaging part of the building, authorities said.
Nine others were injured in the blast, the health ministry said.
No group immediately claimed responsibility.
Egypt has seen escalating attacks by Islamist militants. The Saturday incident was the first attack targeting a consulate or an embassy in recent years.
None of the victims were consulate staffers, Italy’s Foreign Affairs Minister Paolo Gentiloni said in a tweet.
“Italy is not intimidated,” he added.
The consulate is located in the heart of the city on a busy intersection. The Italian Embassy is in a different neighborhood.