CAIRO: The owner of a plastics factory in the Delta governorate of Sharqia was released Friday evening after an investigation into tons of explosives seized in his factory, Youm7 reported.
Locals had reported that they heard an explosion on the Belbais City highway in Sharqia, and after finding no explosives in the area, the police raided the factory to find three tons of newly made explosives.
The owner, identified as Maher, was arrested Friday morning. After hours of interrogation, he proved he rented the factory for three years starting April 2013 to a resident of the nearby city 10th of Ramadan. Efforts to arrest the tenant are underway.
Preliminary investigations revealed that while a group of extremists were manufacturing explosives in the factory to bomb water plants and power transformers, a bomb detonated and they fled the scene before the police arrived.
Atef al-Shaer, head of Sharqia security investigation department told Youm7 that the explosives are similar to those that have been used in targeting railways, electrical towers and gas stations in Belbais in the past months.
On Dec. 31, 2014, two power transformers were bombed in Belbais. No casualties were reported, but the bombing comes as part of a series of bombings that have targeted electricity transformers and high-pressure towers in the past year in several governorates.