At least 16 people were killed and three injured in a firebomb attack on a restaurant in Cairo, Egyptian state media said Friday.
The MENA news agency said three men on a motorcycle early Friday threw Molotov cocktails into the restaurant, which also houses a nightclub, in the city’s Agouza district and then fled the scene.
At least one of the attackers may have been a disgruntled ex-employee who argued with other people at the venue, Egypt’s interior ministry said.
The fire was quickly put out and an investigation is underway. Many of the victims appeared to have died from burns and smoke inhalation.
Video footage posted online showed thick black smoke pouring out of an establishment called El Sayad while flames engulfed the building. El Sayad is located in the basement.
Egypt’s capital has seen several attacks by Islamist militants in recent times and last month, a Russian jetliner carrying 224 people crashed in the country’s Sinai Peninsula, killing everyone one board.
The Islamic State said it planted a bomb on the plane that was traveling from the Sharm el-Sheikh resort area to St. Petersburg.