A powerful explosion hit and seriously damaged the Italian consulate in Cairo, Egypt today (July 11, 2015), the Asia News website reports. The bomb was placed in a car parked near the building, one of the oldest in the area.
The blast occurred on Saturday morning when the offices of the diplomatic mission were closed. Fr. Rafic Greiche -- spokesman for the Egyptian Catholic Church -- said this points to the probability that "the goal was not to kill many people, but to send a message to the West and to Italy: terrorism is coming."
In fact, the car bomb killed only one person, a passerby. Four other people were injured, but none seriously.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. However, the Egyptian priest believes it is "a terrorist attack: it couldn't be anything else. In addition, the authors of the act wanted to show that the Egyptian government is weak and is not able to protect foreigners in its territory, not even embassies and consulates."