CAIRO: The Ministry of Electricity is studying “modern methods” to help secure electricity towers after a series of recent bombings, Minister Mohamed Shaker told Youm 7.
Shaker said that although all vital towers are now being secured either by police forces or Bedouins (in remote territories) the ministry is approaching different global firms for private security to know the cost and the new applied methods.
Officials have previously stated that completely securing the estimated 16,700 towers, many of which are installed in deserts and farms, is not possible as Egypt has witnessed a series of electricity powers bombings since the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.
The latest incident took place in March when eight bombs were placed at each leg of two towers located at the Egyptian Media Production City (EMPC); seven of them detonated remotely by mobile phones, taking down one tower and damaging the other. A consequent power cut took some Nile Sat channels off air for a few hours. Investigations claims that terrorist organization of Ajnad Misr was responsible for the explosion.