CAIRO: A Sunday explosion hit an electricity transformer near a court in Sharqia governorate; the attack is one of several violent incidents of such kind occurring in Egypt’s streets.
The blast damaged a transformer and affected a fence near a railway, and a bomb squad headed to the blast site to investigate the incident.
A security cordon was imposed until the transformer was fixed and the power current restored.
Dozens of electric towers and transformers have been bombed since the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, inflicting losses of millions of EGP amid an existing shortage of energy witnessed in the country.
The latest of such attacks targeted two electric towers at the Egyptian Media Production City (EMPC,) a complex housing many private channels. Eight bombs were placed at each leg of the two towers causing one of them to collapse and damage the other. Some Nile Sat channels went off air for a few hours following the bombing. The Ministry of Electricity announced later the two towers were fixed and efficiently working.
Preliminary investigations into the blast indicated the involvement of the Ajnad Misr group, which has previously claimed responsibility for killing dozens in different governorates, and is designated as a terrorist organization by Egypt and the United States.
Additional reporting by Fatheya el-Deeb