Pic: 5 pylons collapse in Beheira attacks
Damage to transmission towers - YOUM7
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CAIRO: At least five high- pressure transmission towers collapsed in coastal governorate Beheira in Egypt’s Nile Delta after separate bomb attacks early Monday morning, Youm7 reported.

Four improvised explosive devices (IED) had been planted at the bases of the tower by unidentified assailants in Abu Homs village.

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Bombs were planted at a high-pressure tower in Damanhur city; it collapsed along with two others connected with wires. Another bombing knocked over an electricity pylon in the same city in a separate Monday attack.

In Aswan governorate, southern Egypt, power was cut off to a number of villages after three IEDs went off under a high-pressure transmission tower.

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Security authorities in both governorates referred the incidents to the prosecution to open investigations, and announced that alternative pylons will alleviate the blackout. They also said efforts are being exerted to fix the damaged towers to reduce pressure on the alternative pylons, which already feed other villages.

Four days ago, at least five towers were attacked in Beheira, Sharqia and Qena.

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Since last year, attacks on transmission towers, mobile operators and electricity transformers have been rampant amid the country’s energy crisis. The sabotage has inflicted losses of 477 million EGP ($62.5,) of which 350 million EGP are due to lost revenues from businesses, an official source at the Ministry of Electricity told Youm7.

The authorities plan to hire a private security firm to secure the pylons, thounds of which are placed in deserts and farms, in “modern methods,” Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker told Youm7 April 23.

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.

Additional reporting by Gamal Abu el-Fadl and Nasser Gouda

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