CAIRO: A 66-kilovolt electric tower in the Delta’s Menoufia governorate was destroyed by a mobile phone-triggered improvised explosive device Monday, Youm7 reported.
The tower was located in farmland surrounded by a residential area, which experienced a blackout at around 3:30 a.m. following the detonation. Repairs will cost around 1.1 million EGP ($153,890) and take four days to complete, according to a statement from the Ministry of Electricity.
A flashlight, digital watch and wires were found near the location of the bombing, where the tower fell after two of its four legs were uprooted due to the explosion.
Menoufia Governor Ahmed Sherine Fawzy urged locals to ration power consumption to alleviate the resulting power cuts, adding that guidelines will be distributed to farmers who own land where similar towers stand so they can report any suspects, Youm7 reported.
The site was inspected by Fawzy, Menoufia Security Chief Mumtaz Fahmy and Ministry of Electricity Deputy Secretary Mohamed Assal.
Power generators, high-voltage and cellphone towers have been frequent targets for acts of sabotage since the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, compounding Egypt’s already troubled power grid and frequent blackouts.