Thursday’s transmission tower bombings cost 700K EGP: source
Electricity tower

CAIRO: Around 700,000 EGP ($91,000) in losses have been incurred by the electricity ministry as a result of the Thursday’s series of bombings targeted transmission towers in Beheira and Qena governorates, Youm7 reported.

At least eight transmission towers across the country were bombed Thursday.

Three, out of 10 explosive devices went off underneath a high pressure electricity pylon in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Asyut, the state-run Middle East News Agency reported Thursday.

One bomb detonated under a transmission tower in Delta’s governorate of Sharqia, while three others were dismantled.

Similar attacks targeted four towers, out of which two have collapsed in Beheira early Thursday causing a power.

Blasts at transmission towers, electricity transformers, mobile operators and other public utilities have been frequent since the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Mors in July 2013.

Such attacks have caused losses estimated at millions of pounds on the electricity ministry, which has recently announced plans to hire a private security firm to secure electricity pylons using “modern methods.”

Egypt is already facing an energy crisis due to shortage of fuel; however, the ministry has reassured the public the repetitive blackouts witnessed in summer 2014 will not be seen in 2015.


Additional reporting by Rahma Ramadan

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