CAIRO: A transmission tower collapsed Sunday after assailants bombed it with three explosive devices on the Cairo-Assyut road near Fayoum governorate south west of Cairo, Youm7 reported.
The wires connected to the tower consequently dropped, blocking the road for a few hours. Also, the sabotage led to a power cut in Beni Suef, south of Fayoum, according to a statement by Ahmed al-Hanafy, chief of the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company.
Meanwhile, a bomb detonated near a power transformer in Beheira in Egypt’s Delta, only smashing the wall surrounding the electricity box. The windows of two cars were also damaged.
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 ($62.5,) 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 a “difficult” task. Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker told Youm7 April 23, however, that there is a plan to hire a private security firm to secure the ministry’s production in “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.