CAIRO: More than 1 billion EGP ($131 million) in losses have been incurred by Egyptian National Railways (ENR) in the past seven months due to deliberate explosions on railways, an official source at ENR told Youm7 Sunday.
Railway lines and more than 64 carriages have been damaged from bombs b=planted by anonymous people, the source said.
Train movement on the Cairo-Alexandria railway was halted for approximately two hours Sunday morning after bombs detonated on the ties of a railway at the city of Tanta and Gharbia. The same line was targeted at Menoufia, where the line was halted for over 40 minutes before a highly explosive bomb was neutralized, according to Youm7.
The ENR source told Youm7 that exploratory carriages have been deployed to detect any problems on the railway ahead of trains, adding that nightly travels have been reduced amid plans to cancel them entirely.
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.)
Additional reporting by Maged Temraz and Adel Dorra