ISIL says it carried out Saturday’s car bomb attack on the Italian consulate in Cairo, which the authorities said killed one person and wounded 10.
The claim was made via a website that carries the extremist group’s messages, saying that its soldiers detonated a parked car bomb carrying 450 kg of explosive material. The consulate building was severely damaged.
Until now, ISIL’s supporters have concentrated on attacking Egypt’s security forces, but this attack suggests a new front against foreigners.
The message warned Muslims to stay clear of such “security dens” which it called “legitimate targets”.
Egypt’s Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb said the country was at war and urged the world to unite against terrorism.
Italy’s Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, who said there were no Italian victims, added that his country would not be intimidated.
Two weeks ago, Egypt’s top public prosecutor was killed by a car bomb attack in Cairo. And militants affiliated to ISIL attacked several military checkpoints in North Sinai, in the fiercest fighting in the region in years.