Iran Condemns Terrorist Attack on Italian Consulate in Egypt

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Iranian foreign ministry strongly condemned a deadly bombing outside the Italian consulate in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, and reiterated that terrorism is “a common threat” against global peace and stability.

Iran Condemns Terrorist Attack on Italian Consulate in Egypt

In a statement on Sunday evening, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham expressed her condolences to the bereaved victims of the terrorist attack, which killed a civilian and wounded nine other people.

“Extremism and terrorism is a common threat against regional and international peace and stability and fighting against it requires all-out international cooperation,” she noted.

A car bomb struck the Italian consulate on Saturday in the first attack on a foreign mission in Egypt since militants launched an insurgency against the country's security forces two years ago following a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood movement.

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed the car bomb attack, following calls by the group's spokesman Abu Mohamed al-Adnani urging strikes on Western targets wherever possible.

The consulate's location in downtown Cairo made it a target, said a Western diplomat on condition of anonymity.

The mission is housed in an historic building between Ramses train station and Tahrir Square, amid a maze of streets filled with people, vehicles and vendors.

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