Bombings continue at power towers; repair costs thousands of EGP
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CAIRO: Two power towers in Upper Egypt were targeted Sunday morning causing damages into the thousands of EGP announced the Ministry of Electricity.

The bombed towers were on Nag Hammadi road in Qena governorate and the High Dam Road in Aswan.

The ministry said that both were fixed, with one costing 50,000 EGP ($6,556) and the other 150,000 EGP.

Bombings at power towers and electricity transformers have become part of a daily routine of violent incidents hitting public utilities in Egypt. Such attacks have cost the ministry millions of pounds to be repaired amid the current energy crisis and frequent blackouts witnessed in Egypt.

On Saturday, a high pressure electricity towers collapsed in Fayoum governorates after three bombs attached to its basis went off, Youm7 reported. Over million EGP were estimated loss of the blast at the tower, which will take 10 days to be repaired.

Earlier this month, another tower in Fayoum targeted with a bomb collapsed and its restoration was estimated at 1.8 million EGP.

Following a series of bombings, the Ministry of Electricity announced on Thursday plans to study using “modern methods” to help secure power towers.

The announcement came after a large bombing took place at two towers feeding the Egyptian Media Production City (EMPC) which caused a consequent brief power cut and some Nile Sat channels went off air for few hours.

Security authorities said Sunday they arrested some 10 people involved in the EMPC bombing.

Additional reporting by Rahma Ramadan and Rabab el-Galy

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