5 arrested for manufacturing explosives in Sharqia
Egyptian Security forces - YOUM7/Kareem Abdul Kareem

CAIRO: Two suspects were referred to prosecution Monday for manufacturing explosives in a Sharqia plastics factory, and three others are still being investigated by Homeland Security, according to Youm7.

Hossam Mohamed, 23, and Mohamed al-Manzalawy, 45, who live in Belbais town of Sharqia in the Delta, are members of the Muslim Brotherhood and accused each other of making the explosives, according to the prosecution report.

The suspects are accused of manufacturing explosives for vandalism purposes, threatening citizens’ lives and undermining national peace and unity.

The owner of the factory was released Friday after proving he had rented the facility to a man named Mostafa starting April 2013. Mostafa has not been arrested thus far.

Preliminary investigations revealed that while a group of extremists were manufacturing explosives in the factory Friday morning to possibly bomb water plants and power transformers, a bomb detonated and they fled the scene before the police arrived.

Atef al-Shaer, head of the Sharqia security investigation department told Youm7 Friday 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 follows a series of bombings that have targeted electricity transformers and high-pressure towers in the past year in several governorates.

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