Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns bomb attack in Cairo

The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) “firmly condemned the bomb attack outside the Italian consulate in Cairo” on Saturday morning, which left a person dead and a few others injured.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs considers such violent acts that target foreign diplomatic missions as deeply inhuman and unjustified, while sending Italy a solidarity message over the incident. The Ministry also voiced its entire support for Egypt in fighting terrorism”, reads a release of the Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry.

A large explosion has been gone off near the Italian Consulate in the Egyptian capital, partially destroying the facade of the building in central Cairo. Medical sources said one person has been killed and four others injured.

Egypt’s state news agency, MENA, quoted a statement by the interior ministry saying the explosive device was planted inside a car, Al Jazeera reported.

Following the attack, Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said on his twitter account that there were no Italian casualties, adding that “Italy will not be intimidated”.

Later on in the day, Islamic State militants have said they were behind a deadly explosion that severely damaged the Italian consulate in Egypt’s capital. A tweet from a Twitter account linked to IS said Muslims should stay away from sites like the consulate, as they are “legitimate targets” for strikes.

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