6 injured on Cairo-Alex road from downed electrical wires
Electricity pylons and wind turbines - REUTERS/David Moir

CAIRO: Two electricity towers were bombed on Cairo-Alexandria desert road, dropping their cables on the road and causing the injury of six people in a car accident in the early hours of Monday, Youm7 reported.

Five bombs planted under the towers were detonated by a cell phone, but the perpetrators failed to detonate one explosive device, which was neutralized by the bomb squad.

The two explosions were 15 minutes apart and the road was blocked for hours.

A total of 85 electricity towers and 510 power transformers have been sabotaged since the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, an official source at the Ministry of Electricity told Youm7 in March.

The sabotage has inflicted losses of 477 million EGP, of which 350 million EGP are due to lost revenues from businesses, the source said.

Officials have stated that completely securing the estimated 167,000 towers across the country, mostly installed in the desert and in farms, is “difficult.” But Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker told Youm7 April 23 there is a plan to hire a private security firm to secure the ministry’s production by “modern methods.”

The most high-profile bombing of this kind took place April 13, when two towers feeding the Egyptian Media Production City were bombed, cutting power at some Nile Sat channels for a few hours.

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