CAIRO: Two people were killed while allegedly perpetrating arson and bombings; a man died of burns while torching a Cairo communications company and another in Aswan as he was manufacturing a bomb, Youm7 reported Thursday.
Engineer Mohamed Rabie, 28, was killed Wednesday while manufacturing a bomb inside his computer services company in Edfu, Aswan in southern Egypt, Youm7 quoted the prosecution as saying.
Rabie’s business partner, engineer Salah Abdel Haq, 25, was in the company at the time of the explosion, and was swiftly arrested as he fled the scene. The explosion was strong enough to shatter the balcony of the company, which lies in an apartment near Edfu police station.
Meanwhile in Giza, four masked raided a branch of Mobinil, a mobile phone operator, in Faisal Street, evacuated it after threatening the staff, then torched the place Wednesday, Youm7 reported.
After extinguishing the fire, the police found the body of law student Ahmed Nasser, 21, inside the company. He was masked with birdshot in his pocket, a security source told Youm7.
On Jan. 25, two men were killed in Beheira in Egypt’s Delta as they were trying to plant a bomb at an electric tower.
Public utilities, Mobinil, KFC targeted
Public utilities like electric towers and transformers, water plants, buses and other facilities have been targeted since the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, inflicting losses of millions of Egyptian pounds.
On Feb. 4, The Ministry of Electricity announced total losses incurred from explosions at electricity towers alone during the past months are estimated at 363 million EGP (US $47 million.)
Mobinil, owned by French Orange S.A., and American fast-food restaurant Kentucky Fried Chicken have also been targeted lately.
In January, Mobinil’s Haram Street branch in Giza was torched. In October 2014, a Mobinil branch was torched in Helwan, Cairo. In September 2014, another branch was set alight in Fayoum city.
A branch of KFC was torched in Helwan Feb. 8, and another on Haram Street was attacked Jan. 27. On Feb. 8, an 18-year-old employee of KFC died inside a KFC restaurant in Menoufia, north of Cairo, as he was stuck inside as the building was set on fire.
Further, Emirates NBD on Haram Street was set on fire Feb. 2.
A movement that calls itself “Giza Popular Resistance” claimed responsibility for most of the attacks, and posted videos and pictures of the incidents on Facebook.