Eight die in African terror blasts
Eight people have died in three separate explosions over the past two days in Egypt, Somalia and Nigeria.
A bomb exploded near the Italian consulate in Cairo yesterday morning, killing one man and partially destroying the wall of the building, reported TV news channel Al Jazeera.
Egyptian news agency Mena said the blast was caused by a car bomb. Four other people, two of them police officers, were rushed to nearby hospitals after sustaining serious injuries.
After the blast, Italy’s foreign minister, Paolo Gentiloni, tweeted that no Italians were killed or injured. “Italy will not be intimidated,” he tweeted. No one has claimed responsibility for the blast, which witnesses said shook a number of buildings in Cairo’s central business district.
Two weeks ago, Egypt’s top prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, was killed after a bomb ripped through his motorcade. Six bodyguards, two drivers and a pedestrian were wounded in the blast. The attack followed a threat by the Islamic State against Egypt’s judiciary a few days before for sentencing to death the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Morsi.
Also yesterday morning, a suicide bomber driving a three-wheeled vehicle reportedly detonated a bomb near the office of state security in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri, killing one person and injuring four others, Reuters reported.
Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, is the base for Islamic militant group Boko Haram.
The city is also President Muhammadu Buhari’s command centre for the offensive against the terrorist group.
Al Jazeera also reported that, on Friday in Somalia, police spokesperson Mohamed Aden confirmed that alShabaab militants had attacked the Weheliye Hotel in downtown Mogadishu.
He told news agencies the hotel was frequented by politicians and government bureaucrats.
Another police official, Ahmed Hussein, said another attack was conducted near the Siad Hotel, not far from the presidential residence.
Six people were confirmed dead after exchanging gunfire with security officials.
Government security official Mohamed Gugad said: “The terrorists were killed … we have confirmed three civilians dead at Weheliye Hotel and the attackers were killed too.”